Richard Kirkman, Technical Director Veolia UK and Ireland said "These new targets from the EU are a big step to delivering a Circular Economy. Research by Imperial College London has found that there could be a £29 billion boost to UK GDP, plus 175,000 jobs if we move to an economy where goods have a second, third and fourth life.
"However any percentage target must be supported by the material having a value and this means manufacturers need to start creating products that are truly recyclable and made from recycled materials. With recycling rates in the UK plateauing we need to find ways of making it easier to separate these materials and industry needs to take the lead on this. There are still a lot of consumer products that cannot be recycled. This could be a great British success story - we just need to make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle in the first place."