Dutch waste import ban could lead to emergency landfilling, warns industry

The waste industry has warned it may have no option but to landfill hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste after the Netherlands announced a temporary ban on refuse-derived fuel (RDF) imports last week.

The waste industry has warned it may have no option but to landfill hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste after the Netherlands announced a temporary ban on refuse-derived fuel (RDF) imports last week.

The Netherlands, which is the biggest importer of UK waste, shut its doors to new feedstock after a major processor of refuse-derived fuel had to cut capacity. 

In a statement, the Dutch government said on Wednesday it was creating a "temporary import ceiling", which prevents new waste contracts being signed between Dutch energy recovery businesses and waste exporters based overseas. 

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