UK Study Highlights Benefits of Recycling

British recycling association applauds findings of the report.

December 9, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

The British Metals Recycling Association is applauding the release of a report that highlights the financial benefits of metals recycling industry in the United Kingdom.

The report, "Exporting Opportunity? Putting UK Waste to Work at Home and Abroad," was commissioned by the All Party Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG).

In a press release, Ian Hetherington, director general of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) says, “This nuanced approach to the waste export debate is refreshing as it recognizes there is no single answer and that a range of different solutions are required, depending on the material stream.”

The BMRA also welcomed Recommendation 4 concerning the End of Waste criteria for metals and Recommendation 6ii that the U.K. government should consider raising the capital allowances threshold. Hetherington says that this move would support businesses developing infrastructure in line with the ambition of increasing domestic capacity for the recycling and reprocessing of different materials streams.

“The report recognizes that our markets are global and intertwined and that we cannot base the export debate solely on the needs of the U.K.,” says Hetherington. “Exports are vital to the U.K.’s £5 billion (US$8.167 billion) metals recycling industry. Currently 60 percent of the recycled material processed in the U.K. is exported. This reflects the decline of our metal production industry which is a matter of regret for our members.”

To access the report click here.