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Landfill

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 26th February 2020.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the remaining capacity of landfill sites; and whether he has made an assessment of the timeframe for that capacity to be reached.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency (EA) has identified approximately 404,569,000m3 of remaining capacity at landfill facilities in England in 2018. The EA only predicts the years of capacity remaining for non-hazardous landfill sites. In 2018, there was around 6 years of non-hazardous landfill capacity remaining. However, assessing the timeframe for this capacity to be reached is difficult since we expect additional void space to be made available as the current available capacity reduces.

Total landfill capacity data is available here: https://data.gov.uk/dataset/237825cb-dc10-4c53-8446-1bcd35614c12/remaining-landfill-capacity

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