Resource efficiency could boost UK economy by £9bn

Ambitious policy on resource conservation should be at the heart of the UK’s industrial strategy, according to waste company Suez.

In a report assessing the long-term direction for the waste management industry, the firm calls on the business, energy and industrial strategy department (BEIS) to encourage greater use of secondary raw materials in products manufactured in the UK. 

This would stimulate a domestic recycling and reprocessing industry focused on delivering quality secondary materials to UK-based manufacturers, it said. 

The UK exports 14 million tonnes of secondary materials a year, but if all the resources remained in the country it would generate around £650 million a year, the study concluded.

The waste sector recovers around £15bn from waste in the form of secondary materials and energy, but ...

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