Looking forward to 2015
2014 was an exciting year for Knowaste and the recycling and waste industry. Now it is time to look to the future and what we would like to see in 2015 which will be even more significant with the forthcoming General Election.
So what should be the priorities for the next 12 months?
• A stronger direction on national policy when it comes to recycling and waste management, including a national waste strategy that focuses on separating waste for recycling and greater government support to stabilise recycling markets.
• An improvement in household recycling performance in the UK. Wales is leading by example and proving that it is possible. Local authorities in Wales achieved a record overall recycling rate of 54.3% in 2013/14 and have been given strict targets of up to 64% by 2019/20. However with the increasing constraints to public spending this could continue to be a challenge across the regions. Local authorities need to make local decisions to maximise recycling and landfill diversion rates, thereby making a vital contribution to the circular economy.
• More focus on resource efficiency driven by a more joined up approach by Government to the energy, waste and resource agendas. Despite the UK economy improving, resource efficiency tends to get lost in the mix.
• Greater collaboration between the different stakeholders in the waste chain – from recyclers and waste management providers to local authorities, businesses and households – to build on the momentum of the circular economy.
• The provision of real economic incentives for packaging producers and brand owners to use recycled content instead of virgin material. This would help promote the circular economy and get big brands on board.
The coming year will be an important one as the political parties go head to head in May and we will watch with interest how they will support our industry and put green firmly back on the political agenda. Join us in our journey on Twitter @knownappywaste and on Facebook.