Incinerators

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Independent, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of waste material imported from Europe burned on a daily basis by in incinerators in the UK.

Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Independent, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of waste material imported from Europe burned in UK incinerators in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Some waste is imported into the UK from the European Union (EU) for use in energy recovery; or in exceptional circumstances for disposal, such as when the UK can offer an environmentally sound solution for specialist waste not available in the country of dispatch.

The total volume of waste imported into the UK from the EU for recovery or disposal by incineration in the past five years, for which there is currently complete data[1], is presented in the table below. Defra does not hold information on a daily basis.

Year

Imports for recovery as a fuel (R1) from EU Member States (Tonnes)

Imports for disposal by incineration on land (D10) from EU Member States (Tonnes)

Total Imports for R1 and D10 from EU Member States (Tonnes)

2019

10,046

1,999

12,044

2018

20,273

6,899

27,172

2017

20,105

7,978

28,083

2016

2,309

14,898

17,207

2015

3,302

10,813

14,115

Source: Basel Convention National Reporting

[1] Defra does not have complete data on waste imports for 2020 as the Basel Convention National Report is collated at the end of each year for the previous calendar year.

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