DEFRA accused of 'dangerous' waste planning assumptions

The department’s figures ignore local capacity gaps and expect waste to be transported over long distances, Imperial College London has found

England could end up with too many of the wrong types of waste plants in one place and too few of the right types in another because of the way DEFRA assesses waste infrastructure.

The mismatch is revealed in an Imperial College London study of waste infrastructure requirements, commissioned by Veolia Environnement.

The report, by the university's Centre for Environmental Policy, describes DEFRA's approach to waste assessment as misleading because it only looks at England’s waste infrastructure at a national level.

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