Landfills in Crisis
Not driven by carbon emissions, but costs to local councils and, consequently households, there are plans to create new waste disposal infrastructure in the next two years. As one of the largest contributors to landfill in Western Europe, at the current rate of use, existing landfill sites won’t cope with waste after 2015.
The considered development is not before time: typical commissioning of a new waste treatment facility can take seven years or more. Councils face up to £7 million is enough landfill waste is not diverted to other means of management: recycling or composting.
The recent waste management crisis in Naples highlights the critical nature and potential consequences for local governments which fail to address these community needs. In May, the European Union sued Italy for its breach of waste laws for the Naples incident, in light of a previous warning in the Lazio province.
Posted On Jul 25, 2008