Millions of tonnes of landfill capacity 'ready to go' in no-deal Brexit scenario, says EA

There is 18.9 million tonnes of landfill capacity “ready to go” in the UK in preparation for a no-deal Brexit, according to the Environment Agency’s (EA) senior adviser on waste.

Speaking to delegates at a Brexit contingency planning workshop earlier this week, the EA’s waste expert Graham Winter said that the biggest landfill spaces left in England were in Cumbria and Lancashire (5.9Mt) Kent and south London (3.2Mt) and in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk (2Mt), which would allow the UK to landfill up to at least 31 March next year. 

Winter said the EA had been in touch with companies over landfill space and had projected where there would be room to bury waste in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which would need to happen in the short-term. 

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