Shadow Secretary of State, Mary Creagh, addressed the CIWM Conference this morning (12 June), stating that the industry needs leadership from Government, a new vision of the circular resource economy, playing its part in the UK’s industrial strategy; we need resource efficiency, to think differently about waste and to protect our natural resources.
She said: “We need investor confidence, clearer leadership from the Government and certainty about future policy to encourage greater investment; and we need those green jobs and that green growth in the UK ensuring that recycling and waste is part of the bigger success of low carbon and environmental industry.
Mary Creagh – “My ambition is to create a circular economy where waste is minimised, re-used and recycled, where it is a driver for green jobs, where waste plays its part in our economic recovery”
“We need not to stand still, not to race to the bottom on the environment, but actually to race to he top on waste management and resource security. To promote growth we need to create jobs at all skills levels and across the country – a one nation policy for wastes and resources.
“My ambition is to create a circular economy where waste is minimised, re-used and recycled, where it is a driver for green jobs, where waste plays its part in our economic recovery and where the green economy moves from the margins to the centre of the debate, and I do hope you’ll join me to help us get to that goal.”
In answering questions at the end of the session, Mary highlighted the Welsh recycling targets and the fact that if Scottish and Welsh targets were reached, then England would only need to reach 48 percent, but added that England shouldn’t get “a free ride”. She said, “I certainly think 50 percent is too low,” before adding, “I’m not going to get into a numbers game, because we’re not in Government [and therefore not setting targets].”