According to Biffa, the UK has a once in a generation opportunity to unlock circa £18 billion in investment in the circular economy that will create more than 16,000 jobs and 43 million tonnes of circular raw materials annually, while contributing to a reduction of circa 7.1 million tonnes of co2.
In order to achieve this, Biffa are making six policy requests:
1. Embrace the move from Waste Hierarchy to Carbon Hierarchy
2. Drive more adoption of recycled plastics
3. Consider a moratorium on more Energy Recovery Facilities
4. More action to phase out waste export
5. Accept that landfill will continue to play a role
6. Champion a zero-emissions, competitive, collections market
Michael Topham, the CEO of Biffa, is optimistic about the move to Waste Net-Zero and argues that what might first appear a "big challenge" is in fact a "big opportunity" for the sector.
Read the full report here and sign up to the EfW conference 2023 to hear more discussion about the journey towards Waste Net Zero.