Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget, Paul Taylor, FCC Environment Chief Executive, said:
“We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement of a new tax on the production and import of plastic packaging. This is a step in the right direction, and it’s now time for much more urgent action to deal with the single-use plastic waste problem. With Brexit only a few months away, the industry needs urgent clarity from Government to ensure that the UK will be equipped with the right infrastructure to deal with our mounting residual waste.
“The UK’s ever growing capacity gap requires immediate attention – and we do not currently have in place proven technologies that will be able to process our excess waste. In our view, the Government must therefore support the construction of Energy from Waste facilities here in the UK, a cost-effective technology which will mean less waste ends up in landfill, as well as encouraging waste prevention via ‘reuse’ schemes.
“With Brexit fast approaching, we have the opportunity to renew our focus on resource efficiency and productivity, and build a domestic waste policy fit for the future. We look forward to the publication of the forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy, and hope it will set us on the right path to achieve this ambition.”Back