UK should move away from weight-based targets, ESA report says

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The ESA's second of two reports looking at what it will take to meet the weight-based EU CEP recycling targets

The UK should move away from weight-based recycling targets according to a new Environmental Services Association (ESA) report.

The report, Smarter Measures for the Circular Economy, looked at potential benefits of using alternate metrics used alongside the existing weight-based system.

It covers a series of topics including why we should measure more than just the recycling rate, increasing domestic reprocessing capacity as a priority and individual material stream targets linked to the best environmental option.

Products containing hard to recycle materials should attract a cost of recovery charge, the report said.

This would drive investment into product redesign and methods to recover and reuse key components.

Jacob Hayler, ESA executive director, said: “Current EU waste policy measures success or failure on the basis of how heavy something is when it is recycled.

“There is clearly scope in a post-Brexit world for us to do something much smarter which actually focuses properly on environmental outcomes and enables us to capture more value from our waste resources.”

A copy of the report can be found here.

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