An alternative and secure waste destruction method by companies such as LKM Recycling in the U.K. will be more necessary, especially in 2019 when the country is expected to burn more waste than recycling it by April of the same year.
Brexit could further worsen the situation with a landfill crisis set to be become a bigger problem, once the U.K. officially leaves the EU. Hence, the public and private sector should focus more on recycling, particularly non-biodegradable waste.
Some of the sustainable initiatives for recycling require expert help from waste management companies. When choosing a service provider, find one with extensive experience in handling different kinds of materials — from metal and wood to plastic recycling.
Instead of burning them, the service provider should find other eco-friendly ways of disposal. Between 2016 and 2017, the U.K. burned more than 10 million tonnes of waste compared with 5.5 million tonnes in 2012–2013.
In the 12 months ending April 2019, burned waste will reach more than 12 million tonnes, while recycled rubbish will reach the same figure.
Another reason to find other sustainable and secure destruction of waste involves fewer landfills. Part of why the increase in incineration rates is the decline in dump sites, which experts believe could make it more difficult to export within Europe after Brexit.
China’s ban on importing recycled waste will also be a factor, yet neighbouring countries have been important markets for the U.K.’s waste exports.
British waste exports to European countries reached more than 3 million tonnes in 2016, where Energy-from-Waste facilities used them as heat and electricity sources.
There’s no better time than now to be more prudent on how you continue to improve recycling practices in the U.K. While the landfill and incineration rate problem is set to become worse, these indicate that more sustainable methods are necessary to deal with waste.