Bristol, UK – There has been a significant increase in the amount of UK waste being exported to mainland Europe as RDF since 2010. Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) exports from the UK have increased from just 0.01 million tonnes in 2010 to 2.6 million tonnes in 2014. This figure is part of a new report on „Legal, Economic and Environmental Rationales“ of RDF launched by the Refuse Derived Fuel Export Industry Group.
According to the report, since 2010 the Netherlands has been the destination receiving the largest quantity of waste (1.3 million tonnes in 2014), although the proportion of waste going to Sweden (0.5 million tonnes in 2014) and Germany (0.5 million tonnes in 2014) is increasing year-on-year.
The considerable rise in exports, and Defra’s response to its Call for Evidence on the RDF export market in England, prompted the initiation of the RDF Group, which benefits from members including a number of major waste management contractors and operators both from the UK and across Europe.
The RDF Group welcomes Defra’s desire to work with industry, and the purpose of the report, developed by Eunomia Research & Consulting on behalf of the Group, is to present the opportunities and issues around RDF export, including consideration of the legal, environmental, and economic case for (and against) RDF export.
The full report can be downloaded under eunomia.co.uk.