Residual waste tonnages have dropped by 20% and commercial and industrial waste has plummeted by 48% over the past three years, new research has found.
The report - 2010 Market Briefing Report: Residual Waste in England & Wales conducted by waste market analysts Tolvik Consulting - concludes that the recession, increased recycling and landfill tax has resulted in the drop in waste arisings.
Tolvik director Adrian Judge said: “It is particularly surprising how effective the landfill tax has been on the residual waste arisings. There has been a recessionary effect too but I believe that it is the landfill tax that is the greater driver.”
In fact, research found that total capacity to treat residual waste would exceed waste arisings by 6% in 2015 if all currently planned facilities in England Wales were to be built. Data showed that the amount of residual waste from municipal and commercial and industrial (C&I) sources in 2015 will total 24.7m tonnes, but there would be enough facilities to treat 26.3m tonnes. However, it is unlikely that all these proposed facilities will be built due to planning permission not being granted and other barriers.
According to the research, existing residual waste treatment capacity stands at 6.3m tonnes, while 140 waste treatment facilities are currently being planned in England and Wales. It has found that in addition to existing capacity, 2.1m tonnes of capacity is under construction, 6.3m tonnes has planning consent and an additional 11.6m tonnes of capacity is in the earlier stages of development. However, Tolvik found a ‘significant’ shortfall in planned treatment capacity in the south east of England.
It estimates that £11bn of investment will be needed to deliver all the identified projects.