The landfill diaries
The UK will fall short of the EU target to recycle 50% of waste from households by 2020 – we're stuck at around 45%. However, we are on track to meet another target: that no more than 35% of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) will be landfilled by 2020 (against a 1995 baseline). The latest data, published earlier this year, put us at 21% in 2017.However, this means huge amounts of BMW are still being buried in the ground – 7.4m tonnes in 2017. There, it breaks down anaerobically, generating methane, which is 25 times more potent than CO2 and
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