Will Brexit Impact The Waste Industry?

It's been a few months since we last discussed Brexit; the UK's departure from the European Union. However, recently there has been a lot of discussion in the news regarding Brexit. So with this new information, could Brexit impact waste management, and if so how?

A Brief Recap of Brexit

The UK voted to leave the EU on the 23rd of June 2016, and as such according to the deadline, the United Kingdom will have left the EU by 11pm (UK Time) on the 29th of March 2019. This is just over a year away.

Since this has happened, talks have been taking place regarding how much the UK owes the EU with regards to their past commitments, how will the issue of the Irish/Northern Irish border be resolved, and what happens to EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU.

Could Brexit Impact the Waste Industry?

As discussed on our legislation page, “almost all UK legislation relating to the management of waste is introduced as a result of European directives". As such, the future of waste legislation in the United Kingdom is currently unknown.

SKY News wrote in an article, “UK to leave single market by March 2019". If the UK leaves the EU and no longer has to follow EU laws,then we could either see waste regulations increase and become more strict, decrease and become less restrictive, or remain the same as they currently are. However, if the United Kingdom left the European Union and still had to follow EU laws, then the EU waste laws would continue to apply in the United Kingdom.

There are numerous different outcomes that people could speculate about regarding the potential future for life after Brexit. Many people on both sides of the Brexit debate are concerned about the environment. The popularity of topics such as ocean plastic pollution (discussed recently in BBC's Blue Planet and our blog titled Why Plastic Recycling Is Important) showcase just how much the public cares about protecting our environment. Additionally, a recent report in LetsRecycle.com showed that Wales has the fourth highest recycling rate in the world at 52%, which is the same percentage of votes for Leave in the EU referendum.

However, a different article written in LetsRecycle.com discussed the warnings from an MP about post-Brexit waste laws. The article shares the following insight into the Brexit waste legislation discussion, “Up to a third of EU directives currently steering UK environmental laws cannot be “neatly incorporated" into domestic legislation".

There is no clear answer to the future of the UK with regards to waste management legislation. However, whilst it is indeed impossible to predict the future with 100% accuracy, with regards to Brexit and waste disposal,it is very important that businesses are prepared for numerous different outcomes.

Be Prepared for the Challenges or Opportunities of Brexit

There are a wide variety of professional waste disposal services available from AWS Ltd. So if you're concerned about the future of the UK's waste legislation and want to make sure that your waste is disposed of in a responsible and legally compliant manner speak to our friendly and dedicated team today on 01202 870833.

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