In the past, we have relied on landfill as the main way to dispose of our waste. We are working to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill to protect the environment and to reduce costs.
In 2014/2015 we sent 98,000 tonnes to landfill which is under a third of the waste we handle.
The amount of waste we send to landfill has been decreasing in recent years. This is because recycling and composting rates have been increasing. We now recycle 47% of our waste. We have been sending some waste for treatment at existing energy from waste facilities. Also the total amount of waste being produced by households and businesses has reduced with people choosing to throw away less during the recent economic downturn.
Modern landfill sites are regulated and monitored by the Environment Agency. The waste hierarchy which sets out the best way to deal with waste shows that disposal through landfill should be the last resort. There will, however, be some kinds of waste for which landfill will be the best and only method of disposal.
Here are the main reasons why we can’t continue to landfill:
After landfill sites are full and restored they'll need to be closely monitored and maintained to ensure that the environment continues to be protected.
We look after a number of former landfill sites which we operated or owned in the past.
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