Statement from SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said:

“We look forward to working with the new Government to push ahead once more with the raft of once-in-a lifetime environmental legislation.

"The Environment Bill, one of the most significant and ambitious pieces of environmental legislation in over 20 years, was primed to be enacted into law with cross-party support before Parliament was dissolved for the general election. Its swift enactment offers the capacity to unlock the regulations required to secure the investment needed by our sector to bring about wholesale reforms that will enable industry, local authorities and consumers to make sustainable decisions about the products they manufacture, buy, use and discard.

"We stand willing to continue to support the development of an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme that fulfils the polluter pays principle and that will in turn allow for the vital shift to greater consistency in waste and recycling collections, clearer labelling of goods for recycling and deposit return schemes for plastic bottles and cans.

"This clear working Parliamentary majority allows us to continue on our transformational journey to convert the 60 million tonnes of waste in the system today into 60 million tonnes of resources, benefitting both our fragile environment and UK industrial performance.”