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Brexit attitudes and political leadership head industry insight

An exclusive survey by MRW has found that more than a third of respondents believe their business will shrink after Brexit, nearly nine in ten accuse the Government of lacking leadership in the sector and there is strong support for tougher legal sanctions on waste crime.

The findings, which are included in a special issue of MRW available at RWM and in the October issue of the magazine, focus on key topics which have dominated the waste and resource sector during 2017.

While 35% of respondents said their business would be hit as a result of the UK leaving the EU (28% fearing that it will ‘shrink a lot’ and 7% saying it will ‘shrink a little’), fewer people – around one in eight – said their business would grow. A small majority believe there will be no impact.

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MRW also sought opinion on what would most improve the public’s impression of our industry (main picture).

Forty-two per cent were most concerned about educating the public on the recycling industry. Poor public awareness is listed as a major concern and it is clear that the industry wants to project a much more positive image. On the other hand, negative news stories about waste fires and fly-tipping are less concerning.

Harmonisation of household collections is also a priority, which should please Defra ministers, who have commissioned research on such a policy.

Other topics covered include crime and regulation, local authorities, energy from waste, packaging and recycling targets.

A gallery ’snapshot’ of the findings can be found here.

There were 182 respondents to the survey from subscribers, registrants to the MRW website and an RWM mailshot.

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