Aeternum are developing a number of Energy Parks across the
UK. Aeternum's facilities will enable Local Authority's and
commercial or industrial waste producers to meet their obligations
under a range of waste regulations.
Aeternum is not aligned to any particular technology and
therefore selects partners who can provide solutions which meet
local needs and the main objectives of current
Growth in the application of advanced waste treatment
technologies are driven by a number of factors:
The European Union (EU) Landfill Directive has set member
nations limits for the amount of biodegradable municipal solid
waste to be landfilled by certain key dates (2010, 2013 and 2020).
These national targets are transposed into landfill limits for
individual Local Authorities. Failure to achieve these targets
results in fines of up to £150 per tonne.
Landfill tax is levied by the UK Government on Local Authorities
and private sector waste producers per tonne of waste deposited.
Landfill tax was introduced in 1996 at £7 per tonne and has now
reached a level of £40 per tonne with effect from April 2009. In
April 2009 the Government announced a continuation of the £8 per
annum Landfill Tax Escalator until April 2013, when it will reach
£72 per tonne. Further ongoing increases are expected.
UK landfill disposal continues to rise and with the addition of
the landfill tax are now comparable to other means of waste
treatment and disposal, as they head towards £100 per
The United Kingdom still produces more waste per head of
population than many of its European neighbours, with an average of
592kg (1,306lb), above the EU average of 577kg,
It also lags behind in the amount of waste recycled, with a UK
average figure of 18% based on these figures, well below the EU
average of 36.4%.
The Netherlands leads the way in Europe with a national
recycling average of 64.4%, more than double the level achieved in
England. Greece is the worst offender on landfill, dumping 90% of
its municipal waste, with Portugal and the UK dumping about
three-quarters of their waste.
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