UK waste incineration will soon cease, and waste carton and landfill recycling will be banned in 2020, according to a government report.
The report, published on Tuesday, said that waste recycling and waste recycling would continue to be promoted and incentivised in the UK, but that waste incinerators would be phased out by 2025.
The Government has said that by 2025 the UK will no longer have to import waste from overseas to process, and the majority of waste produced will be recycled.
In 2016, the UK exported more than a million tonnes of waste to countries around the world, according the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The country imports nearly a third of its waste, and a third is incinerated.
The UK has a recycling programme that is estimated to have produced more than 7,000 tonnes of compost and other waste over the past four years, and is currently on track to produce 1,200 tonnes of recycled waste by 2021.
The Waste Management Partnership, which represents the UK’s waste recycling industry, said the UK is a leading producer of compost, and its recycling program is working to ensure that waste is re-used.
“It’s clear that the UK has the potential to be a world leader in waste recycling.
That’s why we are proud to be one of the first countries to launch a new generation of waste incinerator technology,” said Steve Evans, chief executive of the Waste Management partnership.
“We’re looking forward to working with the government to accelerate the transition towards sustainable waste recycling.”
The Government hopes that by 2020 the UK can use less than one-third of its existing incinerators, which use up to five times more energy than conventional incinerators.