Organisations across the UK’s waste and resource management sector have set out their priorities for the next Government.
The Trade Association Group (TAG) says improvement in the way in which materials, energy and water are used in the economy should be a central theme in the next Government’s industrial and environmental policies and strategies.
Three key elements are identified:
- A long-term policy framework for waste and resource management, building on the EU’s waste and resource legislation, so that the industry has confidence to invest in the infrastructure needed to maximise the recovery of valuable materials, energy and nutrients from waste.
- Urgent action to reverse the decline in recycling rates. More needs to be done to prevent food waste, to increase separate collections of food waste from homes and businesses when it cannot be prevented, and to increase the demand for secondary raw materials.
- Action on waste crime, which costs the UK economy more than £600m a year, blights local communities and the environment, and undermines legitimate businesses.
On the last point, TAG says: “The recent ESA-led report on this subject, Rethinking Waste Crime, contains a number of important recommendations on how to tackle the problem, in particular by making it harder for criminals to enter the industry. These measures need to be implemented as a matter of urgency.”
TAG comprises: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Environmental Services Association, Institution of Civil Engineers, Renewable Energy Association, Resource Association, Wood Recyclers Association.