With a general election on the horizon for May 2015, a number of major trade bodies who represent the UK's waste management and recycling sector have written to the main political parties in England to summarise the key policy proposals that they would like to see implemented during the next government. The changes will affect all areas of the industry including business, commercial and retail waste management.
Waste Management Sector Outlines Proposals
In their proposals there are four key areas which they want to focus on in 2015, ranging from recycling to waste crime. The statement was written by the six bodies which make up the Trade Association Group (TAG), including the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
The letter states: “The resource management industry makes a substantial contribution to the British economy. According to UKTI, the value of goods and services produced by the sector is over £12 billion a year, and it employs over 150,000 people.
“The industry is expected to continue to expand, with the Treasury forecasting growth of over 3% for waste management and 4% in recovery and recycling.
“As well as providing jobs and economic growth across the country, the industry supplies important raw materials for manufacturers in the UK and beyond, and helps to protect local communities from environmental blight.”
The proposals put forward for consideration by the six bodies are:
- Establish an Office for Resource Management, headed by a Minister, to lead and co-ordinate government policy on resource efficiency and waste prevention across departments.
- Expand the market for reused and recycled products and materials by reforming government procurement rules, putting appropriate economic incentives in place, and placing a sustained emphasis on public communication and engagement.
- Stimulate private investment in new waste treatment, recycling and reprocessing facilities by setting long term policy goals and targets - along the lines recently proposed by the EU - working with industry and stakeholders to develop methods to achieve them.
- Protect local communities, safeguard the environment, and reduce tax evasion by ensuring that enforcement bodies and local authorities are properly resourced to combat and prevent waste crime.
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which has been collaborating with many different private and government groups and bodies to make our waste more efficient, has said they will continue their work to reinforce “the important role this industry can play in securing sustainable, long-term, economic growth”.
The body is calling for a new government department which will focus on resource management, helping to reduce the amount of materials we use in the first place and therefore lowering the waste which is created.
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