Waste sector responds positively to Industrial Strategy

28th November 2017 | Recycling

The waste and recycling sector has responded positively to the Government’s Industrial Strategy published 27 November. The strategy includes not only a commitment to move towards a circular strategy but also the pledge to raise “the resource productivity of businesses, including through the promotion of recycling and strong secondary materials markets where products are designed with efficiency and recyclability in mind.”

In response the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) welcomed the strategy. Chief executive, Dr Colin Church said, “CIWM was looking for the Industrial Strategy White Paper to recognise the role improving resource productivity can play in helping the UK economy meet the challenges it faces.”

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Dr Church said the ambition to double resource productivity by 2050, along with the existing commitment to zero avoidable waste by the same time, are “clear signs” the Government is starting to hear this message. However, he added, “In common with many others we would have liked to see more detail, but it is reassuring to see the commitment to cover this in more depth in the forthcoming 25-year environment plan and the resource and waste management strategy reinforced.

“These are shaping up to be absolutely key documents for our sector and the wider environment and we look forward to seeing how Government intends to make a reality of its desire to “strengthen the markets for secondary raw materials.”

ESA’s executive director, Jacob Hayler has also responded warmly to the publication and said the ESA is “pleased” that the Industrial Strategy recognises the importance of maximising the value of resources.

He added, “The forthcoming resources and waste strategy must set out a clear long-term plan for how this can be achieved, and must put in place the right policy levers to ensure we have the right infrastructure to deliver greater resource productivity for the benefit of the UK economy and environment.”

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