ESA accuses Eunomia report of "flawed" findings

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Eunomia predict the maximum recycling rate achievable has fallen to 63%

ESA executive director Jacob Hayler has slammed a Eunomia report on residual waste for its “flawed” findings.

The 12th Eunomia Residual Waste Infrastructure Review found that the UK’s supply of treatment capacity will exceed the available quantity of residual waste by 2020-21.

The report said that effective treatment capacity had more than doubled since 2009/10, while the quantity of residual waste suitable for treatment had fallen.

It predicted that the maximum recycling rate achievable has fallen to 63% by 2030.

Hayler said: “Eunomia’s findings are flawed and have been contradicted by report after report from everyone else who has looked at our residual waste treatment needs.

“Its abilities to overstate available capacity and under-predict residual waste arisings are astounding. The consensus position on waste treatment is that we will end up more than five million tonnes short of energy-from-waste capacity by 2030.

“This is what the Government needs to understand if it is not to sleepwalk into a capacity crisis.”

Eunomia were approached for comment, yet a spokesperson said they could not comment on Hayler’s statement as it did not explain the evidence it had been based on.

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