Recycling Cost Pressures Highlighted by RECOUP

Plastics resource efficiency and recycling charity, RECOUP, highlight that their annual Conference on Thursday 29th September at KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough, will provide a platform to discuss the pressures currently felt by UK re-processors and manufacturers in terms of rising costs and lack of clarity around extended producer responsibility and other associated policies.

The event attracts close to 500 delegates and is to be moderated by author and journalist Tom Heap.  Heap penned “39 Ways to Save the Planet” and hosts Sky News’s weekend editions of “The Daily Climate Show,” Radio 4’s “Costing the Earth,” as well as being a regular reporter on the BBC’s “Countryfile.” He will surely bring his perspective on environmental pressures and progress towards addressing citizen concerns.

Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director at Berry, said, Berry BPI Recycled Products supports 100% the excellent work RECOUP continues to do promoting and encouraging recycling of plastic packaging in the UK. However, all stakeholders need to realise this will not be easy in the short and medium term; the massive increase in electricity costs puts UK recyclers at a disadvantage. Lack of clarity over the timescales for EPR, together with unanswered questions on future Government legislation, is also leading to real concerns with recyclers and collectors.”

Through their work with community groups and citizens, RECOUP draws attention to the fact that individuals do not generally understand that recycling is usually a commercial enterprise. Confusion arises with the misconception that their household Council tax already covers the recycling costs.

Stuart Foster, CEO of RECOUP, commented, “a reality check is needed around the impact of significantly increased costs associated with recovery, transportation and reprocessing of plastics, and other materials. There is more pressure than ever to deliver environmental and circular aspirations. Still, the economics of re-use and recycling systems must be viable and sustainable, and this is where the right policies and support packages can help.  RECOUP is looking forward to hearing what the Conference panelists add to the debate.”

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