The impact of the European landfill directive on waste management in the United Kingdom

Burnley, Stephen (2001). The impact of the European landfill directive on waste management in the United Kingdom. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 32(3-4) pp. 349–358.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0921-3449(01)00074-X

Abstract

The European Union Landfill Directive calls on member states to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal solid waste disposed of to landfill. In addition, national waste strategies will require the constituent parts of the United Kingdom to achieve increased household waste recycling and recovery rates. Both these measures will require the development of the infrastructure to support national high-intensity recycling and composting schemes and the construction of at least 35 new municipal waste to energy incinerators. Before plans can be developed for meeting the targets several areas relating to municipal solid waste need to be clarified. Depending on the definition of municipal solid waste, its composition and likely future growth rates the number of incinerators required could be up to 170.

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