ESA Sets Out Autumn Statement Priorities

The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the trade association for the UK’s resource and waste management industry, has set out its priorities for the forthcoming Autumn Statement. 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will give his annual Autumn Statement to Parliament on 3 December 2014.

The statement provides an update on the government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Jacob Hayler, ESA – “The UK has done a fantastic job in the past decade of boosting recycling rates from extremely low levels, drawing on private sources of finance to deliver a suite of recycling and energy from waste facilities, which divert waste from landfill and provide low carbon energy for homes and businesses”

ESA’s Economist, Jacob Hayler said: “The UK has done a fantastic job in the past decade of boosting recycling rates from extremely low levels, drawing on private sources of finance to deliver a suite of recycling and energy from waste facilities, which divert waste from landfill and provide low carbon energy for homes and businesses

“But we are now at a crossroads where recycling rates have stalled, and the climate for investment in new waste and resources infrastructure isn’t supporting the development of the merchant facilities we need to move to the next stage of becoming a circular economy.”

He added: “In ESA’s view, the Government needs to improve the climate for investment in green infrastructure. It should do this through the introduction of new tax allowances for infrastructure expenditure, as well as the introduction of binding time limits on planning determinations.

“At the same time, the Government should signal that local authorities will be given the support they need to reach the 2020 recycling targets. DCLG should target support to those Authorities which maximise value for money with their private sector partners, rather than Pickles’s preoccupation with those which are struggling to maintain weekly collections.”


 

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