Landfill capacity declining faster than anticipated according to Suez report

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Landfill capacity is declining faster than anticipated, according to a new Suez report launched today at RWM in Birmingham.

The report, Mind the Gap, suggests there are large regional differences in landfill and energy from waste (EfW) availability across the country.

It argued that by 2025, certain regions such as the south east, face virtual elimination of local landfill sites while others are heading for overcapacity.

The report also warned that flat-lining recycling rates in 2016 were a “wake-up call” against the productivity gains of the past 15 years.

Total residual waste treatment capacity is estimated to rise from 18.6 million tonnes per year in 2017 to 28 million tonnes per year in 2030.

Suez said that over £1 billion of new investment will be required to deliver the associated new recycling infrastructure.

Mind the Gap contains a series of recommendations including getting government to admit there is a capacity gap and setting long-term targets and policy levers following Brexit.

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