The waste and recycling industry in 2020 continues to strive to meet the increasing demand for processing waste. Each year, it is estimated that the UK generates over 40 million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste. The UK waste & recycling industry is working towards meeting EU targets of recycling 50% of household waste and 60% of packaging waste by the end of this year.
This increase in the amount of waste has led to a greater requirement for automation in recycling methods, and this, coupled with time pressures means a greater exposure to risks associated with these processes.
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