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Defra rules out organic landfill ban

Resource minister Dan Rogerson has ruled out a ban on the sending of organic waste to landfill.

He was replying to a written question from Labour MP Chris Heaton-Harris who asked Defra to review the landfill ban policy in terms of organic waste.

Dan Rogerson

Rogerson (left) replied: “There are currently no plans to review the policy on organic waste entering landfill”.

He added that measures such as WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign and the Government’s anaerobic digestion strategy, were intended to reduce the amount of organic material going to landfill and shift the emphasis to energy recovery or recycling.

“Considerable progress is being made on this, with the UK on course to meet the targets set out in the EU Landfill Directive for reducing the amount of biodegradable municipal waste entering landfill to 35% of 1995 levels by 2020.

“Current evidence suggests that introducing bans or restrictions on sending organic waste to landfill would have an impact on businesses and local authorities in terms of compliance and monitoring, risking additional cost burdens on businesses”.

Rogerson also said that the EU was reviewing waste policy legislation.

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