Exclusive: Waste industry raises concerns over permitting delays

The waste sector has said it is working with the Environment Agency (EA) to help the regulator clear a backlog of permitting delays for waste facilities, which in some cases are taking more than three months to complete.

The delays in permitting come during a global recycling crisis, the effects of which are being keenly felt in the UK. The crisis began when China first closed its doors on waste imports in 2018, with alternative markets for recyclable material following suit.

The UK does not currently have enough recycling or energy-from-waste capacity to fill the treatment and disposal capacity gap, and with a typical reprocessing plant taking five years to construct, the sector is concerned that added delays will cost the industry - and the environment - dearly.

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