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Residual waste infrastructure

Residual waste is the term used for waste that remains after recycling or composting material has been removed from the waste stream.

Infrastructure to process this residual waste is needed alongside efforts to increase recycling levels and waste prevention.  Only a combination of these activities will allow the UK to meet its obligations in relation to Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) under the Landfill Directive.

Taking account of the derogations available to the UK, the targets are to reduce the amount of BMW sent to landfill by:

  • 75% of the 1995 figure by 2010
  • 50% of the 1995 figure by 2013
  • 35% of the 1995 figure by 2020
Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP)

WIDP has the role of supporting local authorities in delivering infrastructure to deal with residual waste.

New Technologies Demonstrator Programme (NTDP)

NTDP was set up to demonstrate and test the viability of several innovative waste treatments technologies as possible alternatives to landfill.

Page last modified: 29 September 2008
Page published: 5 February 2003