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Mining sector waste set to increase in the next five years,according to new study

The total amount of waste arisings in the UK is expected to remain relatively stable between 2008-2012 but the volume of waste in the mining sector is expected to increase, according to a new report.

Market and Business Development (MBD), the market research company, forecasted in its report entitled The UK Waste Management Market Development Report 2008 that waste arisings are expected to stabilise at around 331 million tonnes from 2008-2012. The study says that the mining sector contributes the largest share of waste sent to landfill and produced 95 million tonnes in 2007, compared with 31 million tonnes created by household waste.

MBD forecasts that mining is anticipated to continue to represent the sector with the largest waste arisings, although the volume of waste is expected to contract from 95 million tonnes in 2007 to 92 million tonnes in 2012.

However, the independent trade group that represents the mining and quarry industry, the British Aggregates Association, dispute these statistics.

Secretary Paul Huxtable told MRW: A lot of these figures are a myth. The industry [mining] is continually misrepresented with what goes on with environmental activities in this country.

We are looking at presenting clear figures for the next years set of data that are not misleading.

Waste volumes are also expected to increase in the construction sector. The report says that waste arising from the building and demolition sector is expected to increase by 5% to 88 million tonnes in 2012, compared to 84 million tonnes in 2007. In contrast, it predicts waste quantities in the industrial, household, commercial and agricultural sectors to decrease during 2008-2012.

The UK Waste Management Market Development report cost £600.
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