Residual Waste Infrastructure Review (12th Issue)

7th August 2017

by Harriet Parke, Sophie Crossette

The 12th edition of our Residual Waste Infrastructure Review highlights the significant growth in residual waste treatment capacity that has taken place since the company started tracking facility development.

The report finds that:

  • Since 2009/10, the UK has more than doubled its residual waste treatment capacity, which has increased from 6.3 million tonnes to 13.5 million tonnes.
  • Over the same period, the quantity of residual waste suitable for treatment has fallen from an estimated 30 million tpa to 26 million tpa.
  • There is a lack of clear, reliable data for commercial and industrial waste – and as the gap between treatment capacity and arisings closes, the need for better information becomes increasingly urgent.

With more facilities still in the construction pipeline, the report forecasts that the UK’s supply of treatment capacity will exceed the available quantity of residual waste in 2020/21. Were all facilities to operate at full capacity, together they would limit the UK’s recycling rate to no more than 63%.

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

The appendices to the report can be downloaded here.