December 2015

Residual Waste Infrastructure Review (9th Issue)


Posted in | by Adam Baddeley, Chris Cullen

The latest update to the Eunomia Residual Waste Infrastructure Review was issued on 27th December 2015.

Eunomia’s Ninth Residual Waste Infrastructure Review maintains that the UK is still on course to exceed the waste infrastructure it will need in future. This is especially true if it is to achieve the higher levels of recycling envisaged in the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, but remains true at lower recycling rates.

The capacity of facilities either currently operational, being built or having reached financial close and expected to be operational by 2020/21, combined with anticipated waste exports, will total 23.1 million tpa of demand. Fully utilised, this will exceed the 22.7 million tonnes of residual waste expected to be produced in the year.


Capacity Graph


The report draws upon data from local authorities’ annual WasteDataFlow returns, Defra’s latest C&I data and Eunomia’s in-house Facilities Database, which holds information on all residual treatment facilities in the UK (both operating and under development). Data is analysed on both a national and regional basis, to provide a detailed picture of where insufficient or excess capacity is anticipated.

The report focuses entirely on waste which is suitable for treatment by residual treatment plant, including incinerators, mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) facilities, and gasifiers, but excludes C&D and other unsuitable wastes which have been included in some other estimates of national capacity requirements.

This report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and supply a few details about yourself in order to access the download.