Sector Sets Out Resource Policy Priorities For Next Government

The UK’s representative bodies for the resource and waste management sector have written to the main political parties in England, summarising key policy proposals they would like implemented after the May 2015 general election. 

The proposals were send from the Trade Association Group (TAG) – ADBA, CIWM, ESA, ICE, REA and Resource Association, which says the resource management industry makes a substantial contribution to the British economy and that it needs to work with government to maximise the economic, social, and environmental contribution it can make to the UK.

In a statement, the group said: “According to UKTI, the value of goods and services produced by the sector is over £12bn a year, and it employs over 150,000 people. The industry is expected to continue to expand, with the Treasury forecasting growth of over three percent for waste management and four percent in recovery and recycling.

“As well as providing jobs and economic growth across the country, the industry supplies important raw materials for manufacturers in the UK and beyond, and helps to protect local communities from environmental blight.

“As well as providing jobs and economic growth across the country, the industry supplies important raw materials for manufacturers in the UK and beyond, and helps to protect local communities from environmental blight”

“For the resource management industry to maximise the economic, social, and environmental benefits it can deliver for Britain, it needs to work in partnership with central and local government, and with regulators. A supportive policy framework is essential if the industry is to invest in the new facilities needed to improve the efficient use of resources in the UK economy.”

The proposals put forward for consideration include establishing an Office for Resource Management, headed by a Minister, to lead and co-ordinate government policy on resource efficiency and waste prevention across departments.

It also includes the expansion of the market for reused and recycled products and materials by reforming government procurement rules, putting appropriate economic incentives in place, and placing a sustained emphasis on public communication and engagement.

Other recommendations include dtimulating private investment in new waste treatment, recycling and reprocessing facilities by setting long term policy goals and targets – along the lines recently proposed by the EU – working with industry and stakeholders to develop methods to achieve them, and protecting local communities, safeguarding the environment, and reducing tax evasion by ensuring that enforcement bodies and local authorities are properly resourced to combat waste crime.

The TAG will continue to work collaboratively in the New Year to reinforce the important role the industry can play in securing sustainable, long-term, economic growth.

The letter reads:

We are writing to you as representatives of the companies and professional bodies, which work in the UK’s waste treatment, recycling and reprocessing sectors, which collectively make up the UK resource management industry. 

The resource management industry makes a substantial contribution to the British economy.

According to UKTI, the value of goods and services produced by the sector is over £12 billion a year, and it employs over 150,000 people. 

The industry is expected to continue to expand, with the Treasury forecasting growth of over 3% for waste management and 4% in recovery and recycling 

As well as providing jobs and economic growth across the country, the industry supplies important raw materials for manufacturers in the UK and beyond, and helps to protect local communities from environmental blight. 

For the resource management industry to maximise the economic, social, and environmental benefits it can deliver for Britain, it needs to work in partnership with central and local government and with regulators. A supportive policy framework is essential if the industry is to invest in the new facilities needed to improve the efficient use of resources in the UK economy. 

Representatives of the industry have therefore come together to produce an agreed set of policy proposals, which we think would enable the sector to do this.

This letter summarises the key policies we have identified and is being sent to those responsible for preparing Party Manifestos for the 2015 General Election, in the hope that these proposals will be included.


 

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