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Recycling alone will not enable UK to meet landfill targets, say MP's - COMMENT UPDATE

Recycling alone will not enable the UK to meet the European Unions Landfill Directive, according to a new report. The Committee of Public Accounts report: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra): reducing the reliance on landfill in England 2006-07, said: Recycling is unlikely to be sufficient to comply with the Landfill Directive and new infrastructure capable of processing up to 15 million tonnes of waste each year is currently the only other major alternative method of disposal. In order to develop this new infrastructure cost of waste disposal will have to rise from £2 billion in 2003-04 to £3.4 billion in 2009-10. The Government suggests that infrastructure could include burning, anaerobic digestion, or composting waste to generate electricity, or using mechanical and biological treatment plants to recycle some materials and to compost organic materials. Local Government Association chairman Paul Bettison said: Britain is the dustbin of Europe, throwing more waste into landfill than any other country on the continent. Councils are doing everything they can to hold down landfill costs, boost recycling and protect the environment. The unfortunate reality is that we must all do more to reduce the amount of waste being thrown into landfill. Committee of Public Accounts chairman Edward Leigh added: Waste treatment centres around the country will be a critical factor in reducing the UKs reliance on landfill. Defra must start seriously engaging with the obstacles in the way of bringing them on stream. The alternative is a never-ending search for more holes in which to bury our rubbish mountain. The report also highlighted that local authorities would like more input from Defra on approaches to waste management. Encouraging and supporting waste disposal authorities to develop and introduce appropriate waste infrastructure necessitates the Department working closely with them to determine local circumstances and requirements. Comment:Why all of the huff and puff !!The simple answer is to build total resource mechanical pre-sort recovery plant with CHP to burn pelletized fuel made from the combustibles from which chlorine has been removed. We have the technology and it is a jolly sight cheaper than mass burn incineration with the attending problem of massive ash disposal and poisonous flyash and sludges.Furthermore,our fuel is ROC qualified. More info ?? ask us - We have all the right answers and the technology to save millions against the cost of mass burn incineration. Posted by Tony Durbin, from Hydra System 02/11/07

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