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Investment in waste: Jacob Hayler, ESA

Meeting our future requirements to develop a circular economy, including much higher levels of recycling and energy recovery capacity for that waste which cannot be recycled, will require significant investment in our industry.

But to make that happen we will need greater longer term certainty over the policy landscape which underpins the sector, as well as assurance that the regulators are able to enforce the rules.

The forthcoming EU Circular Economy Package will hopefully give us greater clarity over what legislation will look like post-2020. This should enable our industry to identify the new services and infrastructure that we will need to meet future obligations, and bring forward the investment to deliver them on the ground.

If this longer-term strategic outlook can be combined with a continued domestic focus on stamping out the blight of waste crime, and enforcing the rules properly for everyone, then investors will be much better placed to invest with confidence in the waste and resources sector.

Jacob Hayler, director, Environmental Services Association

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