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Landfill: EC Law

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in meeting the UK's recycling targets under the EU Landfill Directive; and if he will make a statement. (248926)

The EU landfill directive does not set any recycling targets for the UK.

England is making good progress towards meeting its share of the UK's landfill diversion targets for biodegradable municipal waste set in the EU landfill directive. Overall considerable progress has been made in recent years and England landfilled less in 2007-08 than its 2010 target. The further targets in 2013 and 2020 remain challenging, but achievable. DEFRA will continue to work with local authorities to build on the progress made to date.

The devolved administrations are responsible for delivering their proportion of the UK targets, and are best placed to make assessments of progress made in their respective areas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many waste disposal plants (a) have been built and (b) will be needed in the future to comply with the proposed recycling targets in the EU Landfill Directive; what the timetable is for building these plants; and how they will be funded. (248927)

The number of plants required and the timetable for building them to meet the EU landfill directive targets will depend on the size of plants and the waste management strategies of each local authority.

DEFRA is working with waste disposal authorities to ensure that the total waste diversion capacity delivered by existing and future plants is sufficient to meet the diversion targets for 2010, 2013 and 2020 and that the recycling targets set out in the Waste Strategy for England 2007 are met.

These plants will be funded through a combination of public private partnerships (PPP) and private finance initiative (PFI) and some authorities are likely to utilise capacity available from the private sector.