Greenpeace UK has issued guidance to British local authorities on how to achieve compliance with the EU's 1999 landfill directive without resorting to incineration. Backed by waste management company Biffa, the group argues that legal targets for reducing biodegradable waste landfilling can be met entirely through enhanced recycling and composting programmes.
Waste incineration is a hot political issue in the UK, which, under the landfill directive, must substantially cut the amount of biodegradable waste being landfilled by 2020. The government has itself acknowledged that over 150 new incineration plants might have to be built, while avoiding any endorsement of this unpopular prospect.
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