Materials recovery pushes landfill away 5th March, 2013 Nick Boyle
Evidence has revealed that landfill is continuing to decline in the UK – with 4% of all planning applications submitted during 2012 for new waste facilities related to landfill, edie.net reports.
Waste is now increasingly being treated at other facilities, with over 50% of planning consents granted last year related to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and other types of recycling facilities. These are all either brand new facilities or extensions of pre-standing sites.
The anaerobic digestion sector is also an industry of growth – with more than one in ten waste facilities offering this process as its primary service.
Commenting on the report by BDS Marketing Research, the group’s principal consultant Julian Clapp said: “When we first started monitoring proposals for new waste facilities, over 20 years ago, the vast majority referred to landfill.”