It is still uncertain what the referendum result will actually mean for many industries. Within the environmental movement there are fears that without pressure from other European countries, waste recycling development will grind to a halt.
Access to the single market
Concerns over the UK’s access to the single market was the central argument for many Remain campaigners. The single market is the largest economy in the world, with a GDP per head of €25,000 and a growing population of around 500 millon.
Among many others, The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has described a current state of uncertainty in reference to trading. President Ranjit Baxi
“The decision of the people of the United Kingdom to leave the EU will undoubtedly have a deep impact on trade in the European Union and internationally and the economic and political consequences of this vote cannot be fully assessed at this moment in time.”
The Local Government Association (LGA) immediately voiced concerns in June over regeneration funding for local authorities as a result of leaving. They estimate this loss over time could be worth £5 billion in England alone.
“It is important for the government to guarantee it will protect this vital funding to avoid essential growth-boosting projects stalling and local economies across England being stifled.”
The LGA have also expressed doubt in the UK government’s ability to take over full responsibility of such a complicated issue:
“The sheer scale of the negotiations that need to be undertaken by government calls into question whether it has the capacity and staffing to deliver.”
Another supporter of local councils, the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), has acknowledged that the referendum vote will impact the budgets of local government’s hugely:
“We must not allow the results of the referendum to bring a further assault on local government finances. The ship is only just steadying from years of austerity budgets and now is not the time to crush the progress that local councils are making in bringing about stable local government services.”
The leave vote was disappointing to supporters of the circular economy. If we remained, it was expected that the UK would sign up to the EU Circular Economy Package. This could have bought with it a recycling target of 65% by 2030. This shouldn’t put the brakes on, says Ray Georgson, chief executive of the Resource Association:
“The decision to leave will create uncertainties for many industries including our own. We must continue to advocate the power and value of the circular economy and ensure that our concerns about policy uncertainty are addressed.”
Jacob Hayler, executive director of the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
calls for the UK to take action and responsibility for themselves:
“The danger now is that the waste and recycling sector is placed at the bottom of the government’s in-tray. It is therefore vital for us to make the case for the circular economy within the UK and to highlight the advantages of a strong and competitive resource-efficient economy.”
Will we stay on track?
David Palmer-Jones, CEO for SUEZ recycling and recovery says:
“EU membership for Britain has been a crucial and effective driver of environmental policy and legislation which has seen the United Kingdom transform from being the ‘dirty man of Europe’ to a solid environmental performer.”
Steve Lee, chief executive officer of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) also voiced concerns:
“Stepping out of the EU brings financial, policy, legal and performance uncertainty which may well threaten a slowdown or reversal of the improvements we have enjoyed in recent years.”
Whatever the ultimate consequences of the LEAVE vote, we are certain of one thing here at Blackmore Ricotech – we’ll maintain our commitment to waste minimalisation and continue to offer an exemplary service to UK businesses who share that commitment.
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