The referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union could place waste and recycling at the bottom of the Government’s in-tray, Britain’s waste management industry warned this morning.
What’s worse: burning plastic trash, or letting it sit in a landfill? I’m thinking of not-easily-recyclable plastic packaging especially — are its components perhaps more easily dispersed as gases rather than slowly leaching in a landfill?
Single-use packaging is still normal practice, but every reusable receptacle saves about 100 disposable versions.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has today (2 June) called for greater ambition on recycling targets, as well as stronger requirements for the separate collection of recyclables, through EU Circular Economy laws.