Biodegradability

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what waste his Department classifies as biodegradable waste.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Data on biodegradable municipal waste to landfill is produced annually in accordance with the Waste Framework Directive, and published in our UK Statistics on Waste statistical release.

Biodegradable municipal waste is defined based on an agreed set of European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes to represent ‘municipal waste’, and biodegradability factors are applied to each code. The list of biodegradable municipal waste codes is summarised in the table below.

EWC code

Code description

15 01 01

paper and cardboard packaging

15 01 05

composite packaging

15 01 06

mixed packaging

15 01 09

textile packaging

19 05 01

non-composted fraction of municipal and similar wastes

19 05 02

non-composted fraction of animal and vegetable waste

19 05 03

off-specification compost

19 05 99

wastes not otherwise specified

19 06 04

digestate from anaerobic treatment of municipal waste

19 06 05

liquor from anaerobic treatment of animal and vegetable waste

19 06 06

digestate from anaerobic treatment of animal and vegetable waste

19 06 99

wastes not otherwise specified

19 12 01

paper and cardboard

19 12 06

wood containing dangerous substances

19 12 07

wood other than that mentioned in 19 12 06

19 12 08

textiles

19 12 10

combustible waste (refuse derived fuel)

19 12 12

other wastes (including mixtures of materials) from mechanical treatment of wastes other than those mentioned in 19 12 11

20 01 01

paper and cardboard

20 01 08

biodegradable kitchen and canteen waste

20 01 10

clothes

20 01 11

textiles

20 01 25

edible oil and fat

20 01 26

oil and fat other than those mentioned in 20 01 25

20 01 37

wood containing dangerous substances

20 01 38

wood other than that mentioned in 20 01 37

20 01 99

other fractions not otherwise specified

20 02 01

biodegradable waste

20 03 01

mixed municipal waste

20 03 02

waste from markets

20 03 03

street cleaning residues

20 03 04

septic tank sludge

20 03 06

waste from sewage cleaning

20 03 07

bulky waste

20 03 99

municipal wastes not otherwise specified

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