Waste and recycling

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Waste infrastructure delivery programme

England needs to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to help ensure the UK meets the EU Landfill Directive targets for 2020. England will need to reduce to amount of Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) it sends to landfill each year, to no more than 10.2 million tonnes.

To meet these targets Defra is investing some £3 billion of grant funding in a number of waste infrastructure projects. These will help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, improve recycling and boost economic growth. This grant is paid over the 25-year operating life of each project. All grant funding has now been allocated and we are not planning to fund any new projects.

Local authorities can use this grant to help pay for services provided by others who can treat waste and divert BMW from landfill.

Latest national forecast

In 2012 England sent 8.1 million tonnes of BMW to landfill which means we are already on track to meet the 2020 target. We routinely monitor our progress towards meeting the 2020 target and based on reasonable assumptions, we expect to meet the target for 2020. We published our latest forecast of 2020 waste arisings and treatment capacity in October 2014 as part of our decision on the Hertfordshire County Council scheme.

Defra has implemented the main recommendations from the review of methodology for forecasting waste infrastructure requirements.

Decisions by ministers on schemes

Hertfordshire County Council

On 16 October 2014 ministers notified Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) that Defra were withdrawing funding for their residual waste treatment project. Defra reviewed the project following a breach of the terms under which the Defra funding was originally agreed. HCC had not achieved satisfactory planning permission by a particular date.

Latest forecasts show there is now sufficient likelihood of England meeting our share of the UK’s landfill targets. Read the latest forecast and analysis of Hertfordshire County Council’s residual waste treatment project.

The methodology used was the same as that used for the previous published analysis in February 2013 and October 2013.

The terms under which funding would be provided were made clear to Hertfordshire County Council in our Waste Infrastructure Credit letter of 27 July 2011.

Norfolk County Council

Ministers decided in October 2013, after a review, to revoke the offer of financial support to Norfolk County Council (NCC). The review was prompted by a breach of the terms and conditions under which funding was originally agreed. Ministers considered all relevant factors, including the likelihood of England making the necessary contribution towards the UK meeting the 2020 EU Landfill Directive target. Based on analysis and evidence, they concluded that it is sufficiently likely that the target will be met without a contribution from the Norfolk project.

The details of the analysis that informed this decision was published in a report. The methodology used was the same as that used for the previous published analysis in February 2013. However, the analysis has been updated to take account of national waste statistics published in August 2013.

February 2013 decisions

In February 2013 ministers decided to withdraw the provisional allocation of waste infrastructure credits. This affected the 3 remaining local authority-led projects that had yet to reach financial close. The local authorities affected were:

  • Bradford and Calderdale
  • Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Halton
  • North Yorkshire and City of York

The local authorities were advised of this decision on 21 February 2013.

Defra published details of the analysis that informed the decision in February 2013.

Guidance for local authorities

We’ve published guidance for local authorities undertaking waste infrastructure projects, including: