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UK on course to meet EU landfill reduction target

Posted on 30 August 2016

The UK is comfortably on course to meet an EU target to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) it sends to landfill.

The data, which has been submitted to the European Commission outlines the UK’s progress towards the targets set out in the Waste Framework, Packaging and Packaging Waste and Landfill Directives.

Under the Landfill Directive, EU Member States are required to send no more than 35% of the volume of bio-municipal waste to landfill than they did during 1995 by 2020. The UK’s 2020 target for BMW to landfill is around 12,490,000 tonnes – which it is comfortably on course to meet, having only sent a total of 8,652,000 tonnes of BMW to landfill in 2014. For more information: