Waste laws are "out of date" and "confusing"

Britain’s waste laws are “out of date” and “confusing” and are missing the waste management from the green agenda, according to the body which represents manufacturing in the UK. EEF […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Britain’s waste laws are “out of date” and “confusing” and are missing the waste management from the green agenda, according to the body which represents manufacturing in the UK.

EEF is urging government to develop a more ambitious approach to waste management in a review of the Government’s Waste Strategy published today.

The call comes as an EEF survey of senior manufacturing leaders shows 80% now see a shortage of raw materials as a risk to their business while one in six firms see this as brake on growth.

Gareth Stace, EEF’s Head of Climate & Environment said: “Waste policy has for some time been the forgotten element of the green agenda. But, with global demand for resources expected to soar in the future and manufacturers already rating raw material shortages as their biggest risk, we must not miss the opportunity to make the best of what we have.”

Currently, 15 million tonnes of waste is exported. EEF suggests that better government strategy would cut this down, for example by encouraging more competitive opportunities to use this waste.