Call for accelerated industry investment at BASE London

Written by: Recycling Waste World | Published:

Infrastructure investment is back on the agenda this week, this time at BASE London, a week after the government announced details of its waste review.

Industry leaders attending the event are calling for greater confidence in investment of infrastructure, in order to accelerate London’s recycling capacity.

Chris Dow, managing director of Closed Loop Recycling (pictured), who is speaking at BASE London, is calling for greater support from both government and from inside the industry itself in order to give investors the confidence to invest.

“We have the potential to recycle 100% of London and the South East’s PET and HDPE plastic bottles if we continue to drive investment and accelerate London’s recycling infrastructure. We have already recycled two billion plastic bottles in just under four years so we know that achieving zero landfill for valuable plastic is a very real possibility.”

He added: “The investment community requires secured input for new infrastructure and this infrastructure needs material to operate. National and local governments have the opportunity to make this resource available locally, creating jobs and driving down London’s carbon footprint. On top of that, the consumer is demanding a stop to exporting valuable plastic bottle resource. We know we can achieve this with joined up thinking between private and public investment.”

BASE London is taking place during Recycle Week 2011, which this year is focused on increasing levels of recycling both in home and on-the-go. A number of initiatives are already underway, aimed at encouraging more domestic recycling as well as attempting to push recycling in offices or public places.

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