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What Does Brexit Mean For Your Business’ Waste Management Company?

The result of the EU referendum has split the country, and will certainly come as an unwelcome surprise to many of us in the waste management sector. Although Article 50 has yet to be invoked and the terms of the UK’s breakup with the EU have yet to be discussed, people are already concerned over the future of their business’ waste management company.

Of course, the potential consequences from this referendum will take many years to play out, but in the meantime they are likely to leave a great deal of uncertainty for the waste industry, just like they have done for the rest of the country.

The Consequences Of Brexit For The Waste Management Industry

Unfortunately, until we understand the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, we don’t really know what the consequences are going to be. The only thing we can be certain of is that there are years of uncertainty ahead. This is largely due to the fact that the Leave campaign didn’t develop any kind of strategy for the post-EU Britain.

The fact remains that environmental issues barely appeared in the campaign’s rhetoric, simply because it isn’t as attractive or controversial a topic as immigration. In fact, the only part of the campaign that we’ve seen related to the environment at all has been David Attenborough’s concern for wildlife without the EU’s protection.

Potential Scenarios For The UK’s Waste Management Industry

There are several different outcomes of the UK leaving the EU for the waste industry, and understanding each one could help you to understand how, in the long-run, the referendum will affect your waste management company.

1. The UK Remains With EU’s Waste Management Laws – If the UK joins the European Economic Area (EUEA) or entering into any other agreement which gives us access to the single market, then it will almost certainly have to adhere to the European Union’s environmental laws.

Unfortunately, now that we’ve left, the UK will have no influence over the creation of new laws within the EU. Certain laws will certainly stop applying, such as those relating to birds and habitats. However, it is likely that they will be replaced by British-only alternatives.

2. Things Stay Pretty Much As They Are – If the UK successfully negotiates a withdrawal which means that it doesn’t need to follow EU environmental laws, it may well decide to stick with them anyway. Current waste management laws make perfect sense from a practical and regulatory perspective anyway.

The risk is, if our waste standard get lower, then it would give untrustworthy and rogue operators the chance to operate with much greater freedom.

3. The UK Develops Our Own Waste Management Laws – If we don’t stick with the European rules, then we are going to have to develop laws of our own to ensure that we follow the best practices and eliminate rogue traders. In this instance, it will largely be up to industry experts acting as governmental advisors to develop our own laws.

We need to make sure that we don’t become lax with our environmental responsibilities; otherwise, all the hard work we’ve put in over the past two decades to become a more eco-friendly country will be thrown away in a matter of weeks.

Choose The UK’s Most Reliable Waste Management Company

At Recycling Services, we are proud to offer industry-leading waste management services to all kinds of businesses. We are the UK’s leading waste management company, and we are not afraid to go the extra mile when ensuring that as much of your waste is recycled as possible.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team of waste experts. You can reach our team on 01952 204471. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us directly at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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