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Recycling activities may have a Potentially Negative Impact on Carbon Emissions Reduction

Recent research has revealed a fairly obvious but so far neglected result of the lack of any built-in sustainability rules within the EU Landfill Directive. Namely, that no real consideration is being given to carbon dioxide emissions when recycling.

Research carried out by Grant Thornton Project Finance suggests that the Government’s policy on tonnage based recycling targets at the lowest cost means that no distinction is being made between recycling processes that reduce CO2 emissions and recycling processes that increase CO2 emissions.

The report goes on to state that “as the drive towards increased levels of recycling continues there is a very real danger that hard-won gains in the renewable sector may be eroded unless the relative carbon effect of recycling strategies is properly understood and acted on.” For the full report click here.

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