The Resource Association has set out its four-point wishlist for next week’s Budget.
The body recently formed to represent reprocessors urged chancellor George Osborne to boost the green economy on 21 March.
It called for:
- The creation of a revised Object C to the Landfill Communities Fund to support recycling and recovery programmes, focused for a time-limited period on research and innovation to increase the ability of UK manufacturers to use recycled content in products
- Confirmation of the higher packaging recycling targets proposed by Defra and the devolved governments
- Packaging target increases to be linked to reform of the Packaging Recovery Note/Packaging Export Recovery Note system to level the playing field
- A Resources and Circular Economy Commission to be convened under independent chairmanship. This would research and examine the potential for a range of green fiscal instruments and other policy measures to deliver the resource recovery and reprocessing elements of the new green economy.
RA chief executive Ray Georgeson said: “We look to the chancellor for fresh signals of commitment to the green economy, and in particular to boost the efforts being made by UK reprocessors and recycling companies to invest in recycling infrastructure and the capacity needed to develop our circular economy.”