Mind the capacity gap: what's in store for UK waste treatment?

Predictions of the UK’s future residual waste capacity gap vary wildly. A new study tries to find the reasons for the discrepancies and come up with its own figures, but has still not put the matter to rest. Maxine Perella tries to make sense of it all

Residual waste being dumped at landfill. Photograph: Jim Holden/Alamy Stock Photo

Forecasts for estimated residual waste capacity by 2030 range from undercapacity of 10.4Mt to an oversupply of 9.5Mt

The ability of the UK to deal with its residual waste in the coming years is one of the biggest issues facing the waste-management sector. While most experts agree there is a pressing need to build more waste infrastructure in the UK, determining the scale and type of facilities required remains challenging.

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