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UK Resources Council to fight for waste sector deal

A cross-industry body has been formed to negotiate a waste sector deal with the Government.

The UK Resources Council, co-ordinated by trade body the Environmental Services Association (ESA), will be chaired by Suez UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones (pictured).

It will include representatives from organisations operating at all stages of a product’s lifecycle, from design through waste management to end users of secondary materials.

The ESA first mooted a sector deal in 2017.

Four technical work groups have been set up to build on the separate themes of people, places, data and infrastructure as the council draws up proposals for a sector deal to be put to ministers later this year.

Palmer-Jones said: “The UK generates millions of tonnes of waste every year and, although this is well managed by the recycling and waste sector, we are not currently making the most of this potentially high-value commodity in our domestic industrial base.

“This council has been established to create a plan which will help the UK to transition from viewing waste as a burden to be managed to recognising that waste materials could become high-value material flowing around a circular economy, with the right infrastructure, innovations, skills and economic drivers.

“This is not just the secondary materials we currently collect, such as plastic, metals and glass, but also chemicals, organics and a plethora of new or emerging materials.”

Ministers have committed to building on existing sector deals by creating new partnerships with areas of industry, and says these can “create significant opportunities to boost productivity, employment, innovation and skills”.

The Confederation of Paper Industries is looking to set up an industry sector deal with the Government.

 

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