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Government waste strategy aims to boost recycling efforts

The Government’s new Resources & Waste Strategy sets out plans to hold producers of waste responsible by ensuring they cover the full costs of recycling and collecting material. Currently the taxpayer, through local authorities, funds 90% of the costs of recycling, and businesses cover just 10%.

The new plans aim to shake up the existing waste system by putting an onus on those who produce the waste, and hard to recycle items (including cars and batteries).

The plans also set out new ways to:

This is a positive and ambitious strategy and we welcome the proposed changes. Whilst our MRF is technologically advanced enough to process hard to recycle items, such as Pringles cans, batteries or black plastic food trays, these proposals will help to close the loop on these items and boost recycling rates.

It will be interesting to see how many of the proposals set out in the strategy will be translated into official government policy.