UP TO 150 new waste incinerators may have to be built in the UK to handle household and industrial waste barred from landfill sites under the European Union Landfill Directive.
Waste industry bodies and green activists this week warned that without central funding the recycling targets set out in the Government's new Waste Strategy 2000 paper will be impossible to achieve. It is feared new incineration infrastructure will be needed to avoid landfill.
The Government last week published plans to recycle or compost at least 33% of household waste by 2015 as part of its drive to meet EU targets. These say that the amount of biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill must be cut to 35% of 1995 levels by 2020.
But Institute of Wastes Management technical director Chris Murphy warned that to enable the plans to work, a comprehensive collection and sorting infrastructure was first needed.
He added that the unstable market for reclaimed materials would make the process unattractive.