Since the start of 2018, there has been a global decrease in the value of recycled commodities such as paper and cardboard. This continuing downward trend has greatly increased the cost of recycling. Sadly, the cause of this decline is due to manufacturers in developing countries switching to virgin materials because it is easier and cheaper than using recycled.
Across the industry, it is expected that this situation will continue for approximately two years, or until governments step in to mandate recycled content as is being discussed for plastics.
This has meant that in November the cost of processing Mixed Recycling in the UK has risen by at least 25% across the waste industry.
In addition, a new residual waste incineration tax is being introduced on 1st January 2020, which will increase the cost of General Waste disposal by 25%.
Despite these changes to the industry, we want to continue to enable businesses to easily recycle their waste at a low cost.
Some of our prices for General Waste and Mixed Recycling will change from January 1st 2020. However, many of our recycling services will freeze in price and, in addition, we have rolled out over 10 new low-cost “Zero Waste Recycling” services which will help you eliminate waste, do more recycling and save money.