Climate change report recommends landfill ban for biodegradables

The UK should implement a ban on biodegradable waste being sent to landfill by 2025 and invest in low-carbon energy technologies such as anaerobic digestion if it is to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The CCC advises UK governments on how to prepare for climate change. Its report, entitled ‘Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’, lays out what the UK must do if it is to drastically reduce its carbon emissions in line with its international climate change commitments.

Among other recommendations, of particular relevance to the waste industry are the proposals to ban biodegradable waste from being sent to landfill by 2025, increase recycling rates to 70 per cent by 2025, reduce food waste and invest in low-carbon renewable energy technologies, such as anaerobic digestion.