The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice for the UK’s resource and waste management industry, has commented on the Government response to the EFRA Committees report into waste management in England, which was released today.
ESA’s Executive Director, Jacob Hayler said:
“It is disappointing that Defra remains focused narrowly on meeting our European targets and continues to forego opportunities for the UK to take a lead on resource issues. It is apparent from its response to the EFRA Committee report that the Government continues to see waste as a potential cost and not an opportunity.
We should not be waiting for Europe to show us how to exploit the untapped value in our waste resources. We should be putting in place the framework now to maximise the jobs and investment which could flow from building a modern and competitive circular economy in the UK.
We have already met our EU landfill diversion targets and yet are still sending around 17 million tonnes of mixed waste to landfill. If Defra truly believes its own rhetoric about supporting options higher up the waste hierarchy and recovering value from waste then it needs to do more to help create the right investment conditions to maximise the use of our secondary resources.”
ESA provided written and oral evidence to the EFRA Inquiry earlier in 2014, along with other key stakeholders.