What a difference a year makes. Our 2017 survey revealed widespread frustration at a lack of Government leadership – but the sector is now anticipating fully fledged resources and waste strategy from Defra, the first in about 10 years.
- Deposit return scheme and packaging
- Food waste
- Household collections
- International trade and UK business
- Risk management
- Waste crime and modern slavery
- Regulatory engagement
There is excitement in the air as waste management companies, local authorities, consultants and others try to get their voices heard in the corridors of Whitehall.
The questions this year were therefore geared towards what we think will feature in the strategy, including a deposit return scheme. We also focus on some of the biggest problems facing the sector, such as fires and waste crime.
The survey is a snapshot of the opinions of individuals who work in the sector, with the data gathered anonymously. This means we gain an understanding of what employees think, not of an organisation’s ‘official line’. Some employees may agree with their employer’s public views, but analysis of the results show a wide range of opinions within organisations.
Selected key results:
- 64% of respondents have experience of a fire at their company
- 23% say a deposit return scheme will lead to a decrease in profits for their business
- 91% call for a minimum recycled content in packaging
- 72% support separate household food waste collections, but some make a strong case against
- 77% say China’s import ban will lead to a boost in UK capacity
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The survey was carried out in association with Miles Smith.