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A new report published by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) recycling rates are unlikely to rise much above current levels. This will leave the UK with 6 million tonnes of waste beyond existing treatment capacities by 2030.

The ESA Executive Director Jacob Hayler has been quoted as saying: “The waste and recycling industry is alarmed by the emergence of a critical lack of infrastructure to treat the nation’s waste. ESA’s Members have invested around £5 billion in UK recycling and recovery facilities in the past five years and completed detailed modelling exercises to understand what further investment is required for the future.”

One of the major problems, reports edit.net, is that “five million UK households will see their waste sent to landfill instead of used to boost the country’s energy supply”.

These findings also put increased pressure on business and consumers, highlighting a number of waste and recycling issues.

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