No new waste infrastructure projects are planned for England in the next five years as the country is on track to meet its landfill diversion targets for 2020.
The Government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016–2021, says the waste sector market is delivering sufficient capacity to reach its requirements, although future infrastructure requirements would be clearer after EU negotiations on the circular economy package had been concluded.
Economic incentives were mentioned, including use of the tax system to “bring about behavioural change” but the report said the government believed the market should primarily drive its waste-related outcomes.
“England is currently on track to meet the existing landfill diversion 2020 targets. As such the government is not currently planning to fund any new waste infrastructure projects beyond those already in the pipeline,” the report said.
Ten waste projects are currently in the pipeline, with no funding designated to them after 2018-19. Waste infrastructure is the least funded of the seven sectors listed by the government.
It also announced a £138m investment for research into areas including waste management to develop an integrated view of infrastructure needs, development and delivery.
The UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities will also look at clean water supplies, transport and social interaction.