Why a solution is needed

Unlike much of Europe, England and the rest of the UK currently rely heavily on landfill to manage waste.  In accordance with European policies, the UK Government has set all local councils strict targets to increase waste recycling and reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill.  Local authorities and businesses are also keen to offset the economic impact of landfill tax (£48 per tonne in 2010, rising to £72 in 2013) which would ultimately be passed on to taxpayers.

The targets and objectives set out in our National Waste Strategy aim to:

  • reduce the amount of waste generated;
  • increase recycling and composting;
  • recover value from waste;
  • reduce reliance on landfill.

The EfW facility would process waste that is left over after all recyclables and reusable materials have been used.  EfW is a proven technology, with 21 plants operating safely across the UK and many more through Europe and globally.  EfW is the technology

 

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