As we head towards the close of the year, the UK’s future remains uncertain. At the time of writing, it seems inevitable that another lockdown is looming and that we might be heading towards a No-Deal Brexit. Despite these challenges, as a sector we must look ahead and focus our attention on the upcoming legislative changes, not lose sight of the climate emergency that overhangs us all, irrespective of pandemics and political persuasions. Our Net Zero agenda remains critical at every level: globally, nationally, regionally and locally.
It is almost certain that there will be further operational challenges presented by COVID-19 but, as a sector and working closely with our local authority partners, we have shown that we can overcome these and continue to deliver for the communities that we serve.
It’s important that as a sector we’re engaging with DEFRA - Julie Fourcade, FCC
We must keep a laser-sharp focus on other important pieces of policy. The National Infrastructure Strategy has taken more than two-years to come forward since the National Infrastructure Assessment was first published back in 2018. This will surely play a vital role in supporting our infrastructure-loving PM and his Build, Build, Build and levelling up agenda – however, with most expecting it to be issued alongside the Autumn Budget, it is now unclear as to when this will now be issued. A key pillar of the Strategy will undoubtedly look at the UK’s waste management, and how, as a nation, we cut down on residual waste and boost our recycling – as well as our food waste.
It’s important that as a sector we’re engaging with DEFRA and the National Infrastructure Commission to not only ensure our views are heard, but so we’re resolute in our preparations to meet new targets, collect different types of waste and share our understanding of how we can continue turning that waste into a valuable resource that can play a vital part in the regeneration of our UK economy, post-Brexit and in our new COVID-19 world.
Preparing for these new pieces of legislation with the vast backdrops of EU withdrawal and a pandemic will of course be difficult. But with the right partners, working collaboratively, I’m confident that we can come together, meet targets, and importantly play our role in achieving Net Zero to protect our planet for future generations to come. Focusing on our future: our world depends on it.
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