UK’s waste export market ‘could drop’ by a third

A Dutch waste tax could mean around a million tonnes of waste is redirected to UK landfills, according to a leading figure in the sector.

Waste exports from the UK could fall to below the two million tonnes a year mark as early as next year, Andusia director Steve Burton told ENDS.

Burton said the Netherlands’ increasingly likely introduction of €32-per-tonne tax on waste imports from January 2020 could set the UK’s export sector back to pre-2015 levels.

Since 2016, the amount of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) exported from the UK has levelled out to be above the three milion tonnes per year mark, with more than a 1Mt/yr of it going to the Netherlands.

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