Environment Agency emails warn of rotting rubbish after Brexit

The Environment Agency (EA) is preparing to manage piles of polluting waste bound for export and overflowing slurry stores if the UK has a disorderly exit from the EU

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Refuse-derived fuel could accumulate if a no-deal Brexit happens, says the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency (EA) is preparing to manage piles of polluting waste bound for export and overflowing slurry stores if the UK has a disorderly exit from the EU.

Just under 2.9 million tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF), made largely from household waste, were exported last year, according to Environment Agency statistics. But exporters’ licences would no longer be valid in the event of ‘no deal’, which could leave it to rot on the dockside or at sites across the country.

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