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UK waste legislation '20 years out of date'

Manufacturers have branded UK waste legislation as “20 years out of date” and warned that material shortages are holding back recovery from the recession.

Trade body the EEF yesterday published its review of the government’s Waste Review, which was set out in June 2011 to guide moves towards zero waste.

A survey of EEF members revealed that four in five regarded raw material shortages as a risk to their businesses. The trade body said more local authority recycling facilities should be made available to companies so less materials were wasted.

Gareth Stace, head of climate and environment at the EEF, said: “Waste policy has for some time been the forgotten element of the green agenda. But with global demand for resources expected to soar in the future, and manufacturers already rating raw material shortages as their biggest risk, we must not miss the opportunity to make the best of what we have.

“Government policy has gone some way towards recognising these risks but to date it has not gone far enough. We now need a more ambitious approach which involves a resource strategy for the UK; simplified legislation; and an improved infrastructure involving better access to local authority recycling.”

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