Brexit and its likely effect on waste
13th June 2016 | Recycling
We are led to believe that an exit from the EU will lead to less interference from Euro bureaucrats and the UK will be a better place as a result.
In 1975, the EU introduced a waste hierarchy, prioritising activities (prevention, reuse, recycle, energy recovery, disposal) which has shaped the thinking behind the management of waste. And the UK’s waste management legislation is mostly based on EU law, specifically the Landfill Directive and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowance Trading Directive. But directives are about stating an overall objective – it is up to member states to decide what to do.
Between 2000 and 2010, recycling increased from 11% to 43%, but has since levelled off. At these rates, it looks like the UK will not reach the 2020 and 2030 targets whether or not the UK is still part of the EU.
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