The UK has recently renewed its commitment to recycling 65% of municipal waste by 2035, in an encouraging statement for the sector and for the UK’s recycling efforts as a whole.
The latest pledge sets out the UK’s approach to adopting a policy similar to the EU’s Circular Economy Package (CEP).
The new UK CEP will reflect much of the EU’s package, which includes:
The Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow commented on the new bill, stating: “We are committed to increasing our recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill to create a cleaner waste industry and reduce carbon emissions.”
Indeed, this is very encouraging news as it confirms our government’s commitment to securing the future of the recycling sector by prioritising sending materials to recycling ahead of landfill or other disposal methods. Right now, we can all do more to recycle in a more efficient and responsible way and we hope that the UK CEP will help to re-focus minds as to how we can increase recycling rates, but also boost the quality of recyclable materials. We simply cannot afford to compromise on quality and there’s still a lot to be done in terms of education and awareness on how to recycle correctly.
Whilst the UK CEP is a very positive step forward, we also need to bear in mind that UK infrastructure will have to significantly improve to allow the UK to close the loop and deliver on its 65% of material pledge by 2035.
It is expected that that new legislation will be in place by the autumn, ahead of the Brexit transition deadline of 31 December 2020. For more information please see this link.