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Waste capacity 'exceeding demand'

Approved facilities for treating waste in the UK means there is seven million tonnes more capacity than the amount of residual waste requiring treatment, according to environmental consultants Eunomia.

The latest Issue of Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review shows claims that, over the last six months, 2.6 million tonnes of capacity were granted planning consent and an additional 1.1 million tonnes of treatment capacity came on stream.

The report’s lead author, Adam Baddeley said: “The evidence shows that all regions of the UK are on track to reach sufficient or over-capacity of residual treatment infrastructure between 2015 and 2018.

“The forthcoming end of the Renewable Obligation regime and uncertainty over forthcoming Feed-in Tariffs is hastening the development of many incineration and gasification projects and the evidence shows there will be an acceleration of the development of infrastructure capacity, beyond even the rates seen in the last six months.”

Eunomia concludes that the UK now has seven million tonnes more consented residual waste treatment capacity than there is residual waste requiring treatment.

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