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Waste Management: Landfill

Volume 688: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they intend to take to secure new landfill sites for waste disposal once the present site options are used up by 2017. [HL1479]

There is sufficient landfill capacity to meet current waste arisings. Future capacity is difficult to predict. However, a number of government policies are designed significantly to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

More challenging waste targets, progressively lower landfill limits and the escalating landfill tax will all help the UK to move away from its reliance on landfill. These measures will also encourage more sustainable waste management through greater reduction, reuse and recycling.