Can the UK ban biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025?

The Committee on Climate Change wants a ban on biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025, but is it feasible? Conor McGlone investigates.

As part of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) report, published last week, which set out how the UK can slash its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 100% by 2050, the committee recommended that the UK should place a ban on sending biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025.

A DEFRA spokesperson told ENDS that once measures set out in its Waste and Resources strategy, including weekly collections of food waste and annual reporting of food surplus, had been implemented, it would “conduct composition analysis to determine whether food and other biodegradable waste to landfill remains an issue and, if so, consult on banning biodegradable material being sent to landfill”.

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