The government has called for 'views, data and evidence' on landfilling of biodegradable waste with an aim to 'nearly eliminate all biodegradable municipal waste to landfill by 2028'. Defra has highlighted the important role eliminating this biodegradable waste plays in the UK's target to achieve net zero by 2050.
The consultation is backed by figures which show that landfill gas from closed and operational landfills was estimated to emit 13.6 Mt CO2e in 2021, which is ~ 72% of the total emissions from the Waste Sector.
Defra have outlined their aims from the call for evidence, including:
- better understanding of existing elimination policies and their scale
- reasons behind current landfilling of biodegradable waste
- barriers against alternative methods of treating biodegradable waste
- the composition of biodegradable waste going to landfill
The consultation will close on 7th July - and can be found here.