Waste Disposal: Health Hazards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th November 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 Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the effect on public health of municipal waste incinerators and anaerobic digestion of waste.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Public Health England has not undertaken any comparative assessment of the human health effects of municipal waste incinerators and anaerobic digestion of waste.

In the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs’ forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy the Government will be setting out more details on our ambitions for minimising the environmental impacts of waste whilst maximising its value as a resource.

All waste operators are required to follow the waste hierarchy in managing waste. This means that they should take all such measures as are reasonable in the circumstances to prevent, reuse or recycle waste before considering recovery through incineration or sending to landfill.

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