Jonathan Short, managing director of bottle recycler Eco Plastics, says the Government should be commended for sticking to its guns and introducing escalating mandatory recycling targets.
“[These targets] will deliver a range of economic and environmental benefits and will underpin investment in crucial processing infrastructure,” he said
“However, it is essential that targets are accompanied by other changes. The cost of compliance will increase, which is long overdue, but we also need to ensure the PRN system no longer favours the exporter at the expense of the domestic reprocessor.
“We also need to see an improvement in the enforcement of trans-frontier waste shipments and introduce an effective consumer messaging campaign.!
Without these measures the targets will “simply be a case of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic”, encouraging the loss and export of valuable resource and with it, green jobs, added Short.