Zero to landfill
Wastewise is committed to achieving zero waste to landfill and contributing to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for residual waste.
Climate change & waste management
As a nation, we generate about 300 million tonnes of waste each year. Most of this ends up in landfill where the biodegradable fraction generates methane as the waste degrades. It is estimated that methane from landfill accounted for 40% of total UK methane emissions in 2005. As a greenhouse gas methane is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
A landfill dominated strategy is no longer acceptable for waste management. By consigning materials to landfill we are limiting the potential for reuse, recycling or recovery of valuable raw materials, increasing the demand for new resources and generating more greenhouse gas emissions.
The waste hierarchy highlights the Government’s overall goal of reducing the amount of waste we produce, recovering materials or energy from waste and disposing of less waste to landfill.
Wastewise has fully embraced this concept and is proud to offer our customers a zero waste to landfill solution in exchange for greener, safer and more economic alternatives.
We see waste as a valuable resource so we focus on reusing, recycling or recovering value from it rather than sending it to landfill. Wastewise partners with other waste management companies to turn residual waste into RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) which can generate electricity and heat. This eliminates landfill and the harm it does to our environment.