Landfill Bans Could Create 47,500 jobs In UK, Says Green Alliance

25-03-14(1)picLandfill bans for wood, textiles, WEEE, food waste and plastics would create jobs in the UK’s recycling and manufacturing industries, according to Green Alliance.

According to Green Alliance’s recently published report, “More jobs, less carbon: why we need landfill bans”, landfill bans could help stimulate better collection systems, which could underpin investment in infrastructure and create up to 47,500 jobs in industries such as anaerobic digestion, textile recycling, panelboard, plastics and electronics manufacturing.

The company claims that banning plastics from landfill could create up to 16,100 jobs, 12,100 from banning food waste, 9,500 jobs from a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) ban, 3,200 from wood and 6,600 from banning textiles.

“Landfill bans help stimulate better collection systems and economies of scale, underpinning infrastructure investment. Scotland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and several US states have already introduced them. It is time the UK did too,” Dustin Benton, head of resources at the Green Alliance, said in the report.

“The UK puts at least £3.8bn of resources in landfill each year. Keeping these resources out of landfill would support skilled jobs and cut the UK’s carbon emissions,” he states.

The report also states that remaking old products requires skilled labour for disassembly, fault finding and repair. “High quality recycling is a sophisticated industrial process, requiring engineering and technical skills,” Benton says.

“Selling the products created through re-use, remanufacturing and recycling generates profit, justifying the labour required to process them. In contrast, landfill just has a labour cost. Landfill is easy, but it makes no sense economically.”

The government has ruled out a ban on sending biodegradable waste to landfill, with Defra saying it would not be a practical move for England.

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