‘Unachievable’: Waste industry pushes back on 2025 landfill ban

The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendation to ban the landfill of biodegradable waste by 2025 is unachievable because it does not allow enough time to roll out the required infrastructure, according to the waste industry.

The government adviser said in its annual report to Parliament, published yesterday, that the government's current goal - to ban biodegradable waste to landfill by 2035, and food waste by 2030 - is “inconsistent” with the CCC pathway towards achieving net-zero emissions in 2050. 

However, Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical development director at waste giant SUEZ, said: “Unfortunately an early ban on food to landfill cannot be achieved by 2025 as we have insufficient time to obtain planning and build the replacement facilities to collect and treat the food waste that would be diverted.”

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