Paul Sanderson said: “I welcome the idea communicated by Defra of ‘Simpler Recycling’ as part of the Prime Minister’s changes to environmental programmes as long as we don’t fundamentally change the consistency reforms.
“Hopefully, this will translate to a genuinely easy-to-recycle system that the consistency of collection reforms promised and is essentially a rebrand to aid communication to the public.
“However, we still await the detail and what scrapping the top-down approach and smarter way forward for recycling and reuse actually means.
“It was also farcical for Defra to issue communications that said ‘it was never the case that seven bins would be needed by households, this new plan ensures it’. Why stop doing something if it was never going to happen anyway?
“Like in other affected sectors such as car manufacturing, energy generation and supply, and heat pump manufacturing, the recycling sector needs certainty. We had a good plan with EPR and the consistency reforms that we should get on with implementing. I hope these changes to bring ‘Simpler Recycling’ don’t make everything more complex for our industry.”
For more information, contact: The Recycling Association chief executive Paul Sanderson on 07970 549 536