Why DEFRA has revised up its estimates of business waste

Waste industry bodies have welcomed a large upward revision to DEFRA’s estimates of the waste generated by businesses, but it is still unclear how much is actually being produced. Conor McGlone reports

Bags of commercial waste on pavement

Commercial waste bagged up for collection in central London

DEFRA has increased its estimates of the amount of commercial and industrial waste being produced in England by nearly eight million tonnes per annum, following industry concerns that its data was significantly underestimating the amount of such waste being produced. While the figures are important for monitoring businesses’ progress on reducing waste, the waste industry also needs them to plan for new waste infrastructure.

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