The Government expects the recycling and recovery sector to grow by 4 per cent in the year 2013/14.
Shadow Waste Minister Gavin Shuker posed a written question in Parliament this week asking what estimate the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has made of likely levels of growth in the waste sector in the next 12 months.
Environment Minister Richard Benyon answered: “Britain’s waste and recycling sector was valued at over £12 billion in 2010-11, employing between 104,000 to 150,000 people.
“For 2012/13, short-term growth figures are forecast as waste management growth in sales of 3.0 per cent and recovery and recycling of 3.9 per cent.
“Growth figures for 2013/14 for these two sectors are forecast as 3.1 per cent and 4.0 per cent respectively.
“The 2011 Review of Waste Policy in England sets us on the path towards a zero-waste economy where materials are valued and nothing of value is discarded. It will support the sector’s transition from focusing on disposal to landfill to greater reuse, recycling and recovery of waste material.”