Trade Association Group asks Gove for early meeting to discuss resource efficiency

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The Trade Association Group (TAG) of the resources and waste management industry, which includes CIWM, Environmental Services Association (ESA), Renewable Energy Association (REA), Resource Association, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Wood Recyclers Association and the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), have written to Michael Gove, newly-appointed secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, setting out the priorities TAG would like to see the incoming government take with regard to resource efficiency.

TAG told the minister it believes that "improvements in resource efficiency – the way in which materials, energy, and water are used in the UK economy – should be a central theme in the Government’s industrial and environmental policies and strategies, notably the 25 Year Environmental Plan, the UK Industrial Strategy, and the National Infrastructure Assessment".

In the letter, the Group said they wished to see the incoming government take the following steps:

  • Set out a long term policy framework for waste and resource management, building on the foundations previously laid by European Union waste and resource legislation, so that the industry has the confidence to invest in the infrastructure urgently needed to maximise the recovery of valuable materials, energy and nutrients from waste.
  • Take urgent action to reverse the decline in recycling rates. More needs to be done to prevent food waste, to increase separate collections of food waste from homes and businesses when it can’t be prevented, and to increase the demand for secondary raw materials.
  • Tackle the escalating levels of waste crime, which costs the UK economy over £600 million a year, blights local communities and the environment, and undermines legitimate businesses. The latest ESA-led report on this subject, “Rethinking Waste Crime”, contains a number of important recommendations on how to tackle the problem, in particular by making it harder for criminals to enter the industry. These measures need to be implemented as a matter of urgency.

Signed by Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ADBA, the letter invited Gove to arrange a meeting in the near future to discuss "these pressing priorities".

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