Circular Economy Task Force to consider shake up of government machinery

Friday 3 October 2014

The Circular Economy Task Force, whose members include leading UK businesses, [1] launches its new phase of work today in which it will analyse the government machinery needed to deliver a resource resilient circular economy in the UK.

Over the past two years the Task Force has been vocal on the economic opportunities of recovering more value from end of life products and it has influenced both business and government thinking, with a recent report by Conservative thinkers, the Liberal Democrat Zero Waste Britain Bill, a Labour party commitment to a ‘Stern report’ for resources, and the government’s Environmental Audit Committee all reflecting its recommendations. 

Up until the 2015 general election, the Task Force will be shifting its focus to look specifically at government institutions and the reforms necessary to bring about a step change in the UK’s resource productivity. As the Task Force’s previous analysis has shown, poor recycling systems alone are losing the UK £1.7 billion a year and action by government to solve the problem is needed. 

Two new businesses: the Resource Association and Sinvestec, have joined the Task Force for this next phase of work, expanding the expertise into the mechanics of resource recovery and the investment opportunities offered by a circular economy . 

For more information contact Jonny Hazell on 020 760 4529

Notes to editors

[1] The task force was set up by Green Alliance in 2012, and includes members from Alliance Boots, Kyocera Document Solutions, the Resource Association, Sinvestec, Unilever, Veolia, Viridor and WRAP. 

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