Lords demand urgent action on post-Brexit waste strategy

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Defra minister Thérèse Coffey

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has written to Thérèse Coffey asking Defra to urgently provide clarity on post-Brexit trade arrangements for waste.

The letter was a reaction to an evidence session held where the Committee heard if it becomes more difficult to export waste, more could be send to landfill, illegally dumped or exported to non-EU countries with lower environmental standards.

It also highlighted how trade restrictions announced by China against contaminated materials will place even greater pressure on the industry.

Lord Teverson, chairman of the committee, said: “Brexit could provide opportunities for the UK’s trade in waste, but the industry needs certainty in order to be able to plan and invest.

“Without a clear statement on the Government’s future intentions – in relation to recycling targets, regulations on product design the industry cannot predict, or prepare for, future demand.”

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