CCC urges biodegradable landfill ban as carbon reduction efforts stall

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the UK should bring forward a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill to 2025 after a new report published by the Committee revealed the UK to be ‘lagging far behind’ on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a recommendation that has split opinion within the waste industry.

In the report which details the UK’s progress on making the requisite actions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the CCC listed laying the groundwork for a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025 ‘at the latest’ as a priority for the coming year, with limiting emissions from non-biodegradable wastes a longer-term priority.

The UK recently introduced legislation committing the UK to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but the CCC’s report shows that over the past year the government has delivered just one of the critical policies needed to ensure that carbon emission reductions are on track. In a separate report also released today, not one of the 33 key sectors assessed by the Committee were found to show good progress in mitigating climate change risk.