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Wood to landfill ban rejected

Defra have announced they will not be pursuing the proposed ban of wood to landfill.

In an analysis of the call to evidence on the issue published yesterday, Defra concluded wood waste to landfill levels are low, have been falling since 2009, and are “likely to continue to decline without further Government intervention”.

The Government also concluded that this is not the right time to impose such a ban, because it would be likely to impose costs on businesses - especially SMEs - that are already facing adverse economic conditions with the triple dip recession.

The consultation on the ban of wood to landfill began in July 2012.

Industry and NGOs responded to the call for evidence with 37 responses, which varied in support for the proposed restriction on wood to landfill.

Some respondents thought the landfill tax escalator would be enough to divert wood from landfill.

Several concerns were raised, including allowing a long enough time leading up to the ban to allow infrastructure to develop, difficulties in enforcement, and financial hardship for SMEs. Respondents also suggested a ban could result in increased informal burning, flytipping and illegal exports.

Director of policy at the Environmental Services Association, Matthew Farrow, tweeted his support for Defra’s decision. He said doubts over the environmental added value of restrictions and enforcement problems undermined the appeal of restrictions.

MRW looked at some of the factors affecting the industry’s views on the landfill ban back in November.





Readers' comments (1)

  • DEFRA should really get behind the National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP). Through their regional affiliates, they collect wood from most (if not all) of the UK's big builders more than 50% cheaper than skip collection (not taking into account landfill costs). They then recycle the wood for smaller builders and DIYers or turn into furniture.Maybe an article in MRW could help? @NigelCouzens

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