The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the UK should bring forward a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill to 2025 after a new report published by the Committee revealed the UK to be ‘lagging far behind’ on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a recommendation that has split opinion within the waste industry.
In the report, ‘Reducing UK emissions: 2019 progress report to Parliament’, which details the UK’s progress on making the requisite actions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the CCC listed laying the groundwork for a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025 ‘at the latest’ as a priority for the coming year, with limiting emissions from non-biodegradable wastes a longer-term priority.
Disposing of biodegradable waste in landfill is undesirable because it produces methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas, and almost 70 per cent of emissions from waste are caused by the anaerobic decomposition of biodegradable waste in landfill.
Since the introduction of the landfill tax in 1996, biodegradable waste being sent to landfill has fallen by 75 per cent. This has contributed to the 69 per cent fall in emissions from waste since 1990.