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Brexit, Dover and The Impact on Recycling and Motoring Within The UK

We have heard the news in recent years and in fact, pretty much nothing else matters and that is the subject of Brexit and how a “no deal scenario” will bring our UK ports to a halt. One the biggest ports involved is Dover, situated on the south East coast nearest to France, an exceptionally busy port all year round.

dover ferry near white cliffs

The references within the media is based around food and medicine shortages, but the argument goes much further into recycling waste and motorist.

Lets start with our recycling waste. We do not process all our waste here in the UK, in fact 3 million tonnes are exported to Europe. We have access to plants around Europe to help deal with our excessive waste issue and provide fuel for EFW (Energy For Waste) plants. This requires it to be loaded on to lorries and then transported across ferries based in Dover or the tunnel. Any hold up in this process may require the UK, to build more refineries or have a large back up waste waiting to be eventually exported once a solution to Brexit crisis is found.

It was reported by “endsreport”, that the North East of England and Midlands would suffer the most, if waste destined to ELWs, many situated in the Netherlands, actually ends up in land fill staying in the UK.

Motoring Issues With Limited European Supply

Dover is also a main port for lorries delivering vehicle parts from European manufacturers. Whilst many may look for recycled or used parts from End Of Life Vehicles, using our breaker yards for supply, Dover still is a main hub for new parts being delivered to the UK.

Vehicles that are manufactured in Europe say Germany, often have their part supply near to the plants, stock supplied to their UK dealerships often come form the same factories. It is possible that whilst we have shortage of certain types of food, we we also may struggle to maintain a quick supply of vehicle parts, to keep business and private vehicles on the road.

Should a “no deal” Brexit situation occur, the port of Dover will just slow down. All transport will need to go through a customs procedure and be checked as never before. Additional paperwork will need to be completed not considering the relevant tariffs that now will charged.

Waste will always be difficult to categorize, just what is contained with a large skip full of metals, plastic and other materials destined for recycling? Many believe most waste will just remain in the UK, due to how complicated the process will be, as well as the extra cost.