Local authorities could earn an additional £1bn a year by improving their waste strategy, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
The claim was made in the LGA's ‘Wealth in Waste' review, published 4 June. The document places central government at the heart of process, claiming that Westminster should take the lead in shaping Local Authority waste strategy.
This approach was rejected by Environment minister Lord de Mauley who said he was “both surprised and disappointed by that. There are substantial roles here for industry, and or course a massive, game changing role for local government.”
However, the review's emphasis on the need to support the UK's domestic waste industry and for a review of the PRN/PERN system was greeted with interest by Closed Loop Recycling's managing director Chris Dow.
“We are pleased that the LGA has published its review and welcome the recommendations regarding supporting the domestic market for recyclate,” he said. “Being ambitious about targets gives confidence in our industry, maintains investor confidence and creates green jobs.
“Increasing quality via the MRF code of practice also gives us the high grade feedstock we need to maintain growth and high levels of recycling.
“The LGA has correctly pointed out that we need a robust PRN/PERN review, we hope the government will take heed of this and be bold in urgently reforming this area of legislation. The imbalance in this system remains the greatest threat to a thriving domestic recycling industry.”