George Osborne’s spending review could potentially be a great help to the waste and recycling industry.
Osborne announced that he will reduce the Landfill Communities fund to £39.3 million down from £59.4 million. The leftover £20 million will be given to the Environment Agency to address waste crime over five years, something that occurs all too regularly in this industry.
Spending on the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is set to fall by 15 per cent and administration budgets will be cut by 26 per cent to save £123 million by 2020.
Jacob Hayler, Environmental Services Association executive, said: “Budget cuts will of course be challenging for those affected departments to manage, and ESA will continue to work closely with Defra, and colleagues in other departments, to ensure that we meet our shared objectives for growing a thriving waste, recycling and resource management industry.”