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London Landfill Rates Should Be Going Down But Are Increasing, Defra Confirms

Refuse collection vehicleCorrected figures issued by Defra have confirmed that the amount of waste sent to landfill from Greater London increased by 21% from 2003 to 2005.

The increase came despite an apparent decline in London’s municipal waste going to landfill over that period.

The new figures show that London’s overall landfill use went up from 3,054,660 to 3,713,821 tonnes from 2003 to 2005.

Just ahead of the Parliamentary recess this week, Defra minister Joan Ruddock corrected figures issued by her predecessor Ben Bradshaw on the amount of London’s waste going to landfill. Mr Bradshaw had originally issued figures showing that landfills taking London’s waste took in 6.2 million tonnes of waste in 2003 and 7.7 million tonnes in 2005. However, it transpired that this was not just London’s waste included within the figures.

She explained of the need to correct the figures: “I have been advised that data for eight of the nine sites provided was incorrect and reflected the total amount of waste landfilled, rather than waste that came solely from Greater London.”

Seven of the nine landfills taking in London’s waste took more of the city’s waste in 2005 compared to 2003, the exceptions being Stewartby landfill site in Bedfordshire and Brookhurstwood landfill in West Sussex.

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The Waster says: Something’s wrong here! One has to assume that the commercial waste sector is the offender. Tell me if I am wrong!

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