Household waste sent to landfill
The Council is in a transition period, projecting to reduce landfill to below 10% by April 2022. The reduction is being achieved through encouraging waste avoidance and minimisation, improved recycling and composting and the conversion of household residual waste to a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) from which energy is recovered.
We aim to reduce household waste to be in the top quartile by 2022
September 2019 performance
Waste to landfill dropped by 3.51% relative to the previous reported figure of 27.45%. This was largely a result of increasing RDF diversion from landfill and a further decrease in HWRS Residual Waste. The decrease in HWRS residual waste was in part due to the fire at Westhampnett in April 2019 but also a general downturn in the levels at all HWRSs in the last year.
The levels of RDF diverted from landfill in quarter 3 dropped due to operational problems. While these were largely resolved by the end of 2019, there is a risk that this will impact on Q3 results and the rate may rise again. RDF offtake has, however, been at good levels during the first few weeks of 2020. There are some uncertainties regarding future operation through the imposition of an import tax by the Dutch Government, and ongoing uncertainty regarding the end of the EU exit transition period, however neither are currently affecting offtake.
Operational issues with the baling and handling of RDF being prepared for export for energy recovery in the EU have meant we have not met the expected target. In such instances the fall-back disposal outlet is landfill.
Previous operational issues experienced are now under control and work is being undertaken to maintain the daily target number of loads leaving the site for energy recovery.