Waste industry ‘misunderstood’ by BEIS as sector presses for government support

The chemicals and secondary materials sectors are bidding for government support to drive growth and sustainability gains, but the waste sector is not convinced the whole of government is listening.

The Chemistry Council and Resources Council, backed by key players in both industries, are drafting sector deals for consideration by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). They hope to see them ready for negotiation by the end of the year, yesterday’s meeting of the UK Chemical Stakeholders Forum was told under the Chatham House rule.

Both would be linked to the broad objectives of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and intended to address sector-specific issues to boost productivity and employment, such as investment in skills development and infrastructure. Nine such partnerships have been signed off so far, including for aerospace, automotive, nuclear and offshore wind.

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