Materials will continue to flow in and out of the UK after Brexit but potentially with delays and additional costs, a Government waste specialist adviser has said.
Deborah Sacks, a waste specialist at the Department for International Trade, told the Bureau of International Recycling’s paper division that members should ignore “media fluff” and listen to “those in the know”.
Sacks told them: “I think there will be an agreement…our Government is committed to making it happen and committed to making it work.”
She said there was a “huge will to ensure that materials will continue to flow” after Brexit, but admitted that delays and extra costs were possible.
BIR president Ranjit Baxi expressed concern that a ‘hard’ Brexit would lead to problems with documentary requirements when shipping recovered fibre.
Keith Trower, managing director of Viridor Resource Management, said China’s import ban on low grades of recovered fibre had been “a wake-up call” on quality, while Sacks and Baxi pointed to the potential for Asian countries to impose similar restrictions.