Integrating Energy Recovery into Solid Waste Management Systems

An Assessment of the Export of Municipal Solid Waste from the UK as RDF

Date May 2016


This report discusses the definition of RDF within the UK context and describes the export of RDF that has occurred during 2015, being over 2.8 million tonnes. It then presents an approach using mass balance derived from data issued for 2015 by the UK Government Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and deduces that the statistics imply a range between 350,000 and 500,000 tonnes per annum equivalent as of January 2016. An assessment based on market knowledge by Vismundi is then presented that suggests that a more accurate measure of export level for 2016 is likely to be close to the upper end of the range. Finally, the report discusses a methodology for obtaining a more accurate measurement of the quantity of MSW exported from the UK.