Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Biodegradable materials in landfill sites, such as food, vegetation and paper, generate methane and other emissions to the soil and water which can be harmful to health. The European Union introduced a Directive in 1999 which set maximum allowances for the tonnage of biodegradable municipal waste that each Member State could send to landfill from 2006 onwards. Waste collection and disposal is a key responsibility of the 388 local authorities in England, and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has to work closely with them to enable the United Kingdom to comply with this Directive. Non-compliance could result in a fine of up to Ap180 million a year. The UK's historic reliance on landfill led to a four year extension to the timetable, but DEFRA took no effective action until 2003. Although 2005-06 saw a reduction of 2.3 million tonnes against the previous year, a further reduction of 4.9 million tonnes will be required to comply with the 2013 maximum allowance set by the EU. Much of the progress made has involved an increase in recycling, due to the public's enthusiasm, but manufacturers and retailers continue to use large amounts of packaging. Recycling alone will be insufficient to comply with the Directive, and new infrastructure - energy-from-waste plants which incinerate, anaerobically digest, or compost waste to generate electricity - will be necessary. But such plants are unpopular and typically take nine years to become operational, and there is a significant risk that many will not be ready in time.Lead Authority No of authorities Project Title WDA Council Council Authority Greater South Ribble Ribble Valley Wirral ... City Council Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Luton Borough Council Warwickshire County Council Warwickshire ... Recycling Centre for South West Sheffield Designing a new layout for the Car Hill Household Waste Recycling Centre ... SERVICES I Communal Consultation 5 Supplementary Planning Document to guide sustainable waste management inanbsp;...

Title:Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2007-10-30


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