UK Infrastructure Not Fit For Circular Economic Future, Poll Finds

circular-economic-futureThe UK’s current framework and infrastructure for waste and resource management is not fit for a more circular economic future, according to delegates at this year’s Resourcing the Future conference. 

A series of audience opinion polls conducted during the two-day event revealed just what the industry thinks when it comes to vital issues facing the waste and resources sector today.

A massive 86% of the audience voted “no” when asked: “Is the UK’s current framework and infrastructure for waste and resource management fit for a more circular economic future?”

36.6% of the audience believed it’s likely that the UK will reached the EU target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020

Resourcing the Future 2015 Conference – Austerity or Ambition?, the joint conference between CIWM, ESA and the Resource Association, ran on June 24-25 at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, and featured speakers from across the industry, including a keynote address from the newly appointed Resource Minister, Rory Stewart, (watch address video here) and Scottish Resources Minister Richard Lochhead.

The audience were able place their votes via a conference app downloaded to a mobile device, which also enabled them to interact with speakers, other delegates and pose questions for the Q&A sessions.

Other poll results revealed that only 36.6% of the audience believed it’s likely that the UK will reached the EU target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020.

Poll results infographic: click to enlarge

When asked if England was being held back by the lack of a formal strategy for waste and resources management, however, 94.5% voted “no”.

87% of the audience believed England should explore the possibility of moving towards more standardised collection systems, and only 15.3% of voters were of the opinion that the voluntary approach to food waste collections in England is delivering the necessary progress.

The full results of the delegate opinion poll are illustrated in the digestible info graphic – downloadable here

Delegates of the conference can now access all of the speaker presentations through the official conference app.

For more information on CIWM conferences visit www.ciwmconferences.com 

CIWM’s Scottish Resources Conference and Exhibition will take place October 7-8 and will feature keynote addresses from leading government and industry figures, including Richard Lochhead.


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