Landfill Tax data released by HMRC shows that landfilling of household, industrial and commercial waste in the UK continues to fall.

For the year up to 31st March 2014 there has been a big drop in landfilling, with Standard rate taxed landfilling down to 17.34m tonnes, compared to the high point in 2001/02 of 50.865m tonnes.

Landfill Tax Return Graph May 2014

ote: The data for February – April 2014 is classed as ‘provisional’.

This data further undermines the notion that more incineration capacity will be needed to meet biodegradable landfill diversion targets. Not only has landfill fallen significantly, but the best ways to avoid biodegradable waste going to landfill is to take it out of the residual stream. As such, it is important that there are schemes to seperately collect food and other biowaste for composting, anaerobic digestion, etc.

In relation to C&I, the North West of England C&I Waste Survey 2009 for the Environment Agency found that: “…the recorded data suggests that up to 97.5% of the C&I waste landfilled in the [North West] region [of England] could be recycled if the correct facilities and services were available.”

For Household waste, we note that comment from Phillip Ward, then Resource Futures Non-executive Chair, who noted that: “…black bag waste is not a single material. Resource Futures are the holders of comprehensive information about its composition and their study – published by Defra – shows that it is largely made up of regular recyclable materials and much of it is non-combustible.”

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