July 20, 2009

A Wasted Opportunity: Getting the most out of Britain’s Bins

Our latest report recommends the radical overhaul of the UK’s waste system to reduce the cost on households, improve recycling rates, increase local authority efficiency and expand the proportion of the UK’s energy needs met through waste.

A Wasted Opportunity notes that Britain still sends more than half its waste to landfill sites, and 15.5 million tonnes of household rubbish were buried and left to rot in 2007/8. The UK also fares badly in comparision with its European counterparts.


Robert McIlveen

Research Fellow, 2009-2010

Ben Caldecott

Head of Environment & Energy Unit, 2008-2009

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