An updated report from Suez has called for “decisive policy and planning action” to fill an infrastructure gap.
The report follows on from a 2014 report that looked at the same issues.
Suez has updated its report to explore the years from 2017-2030 due to significant changes in waste management since 2014.
The company felt it needed to update the report due to three key factors: accelerated landfill closures in the UK, Brexit and a regional assessment rather than a national.
Within the report, Suez presented a new judgement of the UK’s residual waste infrastructure quantity requirements, basing its analysis on a regional scope.
It looked at factors such as population, rising recycling rates, regional landfill capacity, and Brexit’s effect on market dynamics, across 14 trading zones.
In the foreword, Suez chief executive David Palmer-Jones stated the need to revisit infrastructure requirements years after the 2014 report. He said: “The market conditions have changed rapidly and significantly since 2014. The rate of landfill closures has increased and Brexit has introduced a new layer of complexity to market forecasts.
“We hope that this granularity will provide a more nuanced picture of the UK’s waste management infrastructure needs. Faced with a capacity gap in the here-and-now, the urgency for decisive policy and planning action has never been greater.”