27 July 2016 – Last month’s decision by U.K. voters to withdraw from the European Union has generated a lot of questions over the potential impact on jobs, the economy and trade within the U.K. But for those in the U.K. waste management sector, the greatest concern is the potential impact of Brexit on both national and EU waste reduction policy. The issue is complicated, and predicting the long-term effects on waste stakeholders is difficult. But a number of factors seem to point to the conclusion that Brexit could hinder progressive waste management efforts that are still in early stages of implementation.
In this month’s Dispatches from Europe column, Clarissa explores the potential impacts of the UK’s decision to exit the EU on the UK waste management sector, as well as on the ongoing circular economy package negotiations.