Landfill capacity will run out in 7 years – latest data from Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has published the latest waste data from 2000 – 2016.

Graph of UK waste trends 2000 - 2016

UK waste trends 2000 – 2016

The data shows that the UK will run out of landfill capacity within 7 years, based on current trends in waste disposal.

There has been a steady increase in the number of treatment plants such as Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs), Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants and Waste to Energy incineration plants and others opening. The data also show that the number of metal recycling sites accepting scrap is decreasing. In 2016 there were 1,244 metal recycling sites accepting waste, 46 fewer than 2014.

The data follows the recent release of reports within the industry concerning whether the country faces a future waste treatment capacity shortfall for residual waste or overcapacity. Biffa has warned of a capacity gap, as has Suez, while consultancy Eunomia predicts an overcapacity of energy-from-waste plants.

Source: MRW and Environment Agency report