Policy & Research
Latest report: Managing the Risk from Secondary Raw Material Price Movements
R&WUK has published a report prepared by Eunomia Research & Consulting examining the impacts of heightened instability in the commodity markets for secondary raw materials (SRMs), with an accompanying Position Statement outlining R&WUK’s response and proposed actions.
Volatile market conditions, coupled with low prices for secondary raw materials (SRMs), have challenged the financial viability of the sector in the last 12-18 months, and highlighted the difficulty of managing price risk over the length of typical SRM collection and reprocessing contracts.
The research, published at the RWM 2015 event:
The report puts forward a number of recommendations. In the short term, it proposes cross-sector collaboration to develop a more balanced and transparent risk sharing framework between partners in the supply chain. In the longer term, it recommends exploring more fundamental change, including amending the Producer Responsibility regime to improve the value proposition for recycling, and the setting up of an independent fund to act as a buffer when market conditions are tough.
The technical appendix for the document can be found here.
R&WUK would like to thank the ESA Education Trust (ESAET) for funding this work and acknowledges that ESAET take no responsibility for the content or conclusions and recommendations arising from it.
R&WUK Manifesto: Sustainable resources & waste management: priorities for the incoming UK government
R&WUK has set out its priorities for 2015, with the overriding aim of encouraging a stable, co-ordinated and supportive policy environment for better resource management across the UK.
The key policy areas are:
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