The ESA highlighted key areas it hopes the political parties will focus on in their election manifestos following the Commons backing of Theresa May’s plan for a snap general election.
ESA’s executive director, Jacob Hayler said: “As many within our industry have noted, there has been a policy vacuum for waste and resources in recent years. This has left us in a state of uncertainty for the future of our sector, which has been compounded by Brexit. As the political parties set out their visions for what the next five years would look like under their government, there are three key things we would like to see appear in their manifestos.
- Policy stability to underpin investment in waste treatment facilities. A coherent, long-term strategy for waste and resources will enable the sector to plan and attract the investment for much-needed infrastructure development.
- Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to make supply chains more circular. Making producers more fully responsible for the end of life of their products will help fund collections and recycling infrastructure whilst incentivising design for waste minimisation and greater recyclability.
- Continued action to stamp out waste crime. The environmental regulators and tax authorities must be supported to tackle criminal activity from fly-tipping to illegal waste sites which blight communities and undermine the legitimate industry.
By addressing these three areas, the next Government will help boost resource productivity, create thousands of green jobs, and safeguard the environment.”
Meanwhile a representative of the UK manufacturing sector believes that general election is well timed and will bring about greater certainty as Brexit negotiations begin in earnest.
Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “Industry will welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to seek a clear mandate. The last year has been one of considerable uncertainty which, if it had gone on unchecked, would have risked hampering future investment.
“We have significant negotiations to undertake with our partners in the rest of Europe and, doing this with a fresh and stable mandate from the country can only provide greater certainty about the future direction of travel for policy, and the potential to seek the best deal possible for the UK.”
Source: News – Packaging News