RESOURCE ASSOCIATION REACTION TO GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO EFRA COMMITTEE REPORT ON WASTE POLICY: WELCOME PROGRESS ON END DESTINATION REPORTING; OVERALL DISAPPOINTED AND UNSURPRISED

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Resource Association, the trade association for the reprocessing and recycling industries and their supply chain, today reacted to the Government response to the report on Waste Management in England by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive said:

“We welcomed the EFRA Committee’s excellent report and their call for statutory reporting of end destination of recyclate and are naturally disappointed that this is not being taken up by Defra, but we are pleased to see progress in this area with specific support for our End Destination of Recycling Charter and the proposal from Defra to incorporate end destination reporting into a single question (Question 100) in WasteDataFlow.  We continue to encourage councils and their contractors to see the benefits of greater transparency of information on end destination, as part of the necessary improvement in public confidence in the recycling process that is part of what is needed to give flatlining recycling rates a vital boost.”

“Beyond this, we remain disappointed and unsurprised at the lack of vision and ambition for English waste policy that is reflected in the Government’s response.  To that end, we have little to add to our reaction to the Government’s response to the excellent Environmental Audit Committee report on circular economy, duly recycled below.  We are an industry hungry for leadership from Government, but for now building our own cross-industry consensus on policy priorities must be paramount as we prepare for the General Election and also the possibility of fresh policy proposals from the EU Commission.”

ENDS

NOTES:

  1. The Resource Association focuses on championing the value of UK reprocessing and recycling in terms of employment, resource efficiency and integrity, carbon reduction and our role in the low-carbon, green economy.  It works with Governments across the UK, the European Commission, other trade associations and stakeholders with shared interests.  Our member companies and organisations represent an estimated £2.7bn contribution to UK GDP, the recovery and recycling of over 7 million tonnes annually and the employment of over 10,000 people.  Further information at www.resourceassociation.com
  2. The Government’s response to the EFRA Committee report is published at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmenvfru/921/92104.htm
  3. The Resource Association comment on the Government response to the Environmental Audit Committee report on circular economy was issued on 3rd Nov 2014 at http://resourceassociation.com/news/resource-association-reaction-government-response-environmental-audit-committee-report-growing