This article discusses the appropriate modal split between road, rail, and inland waterway for carrying waste in the UK. The national waste strategy for Scotland was already passed by the Scottish Executive early in 2000, the English strategy is due in May 2000, and the Welsh strategy is expected in Summer 2000. The Scottish policy attempts to balance several factors, including the volume of the waste, its environmental impact, and its transport mode. It explicitly recognises that economies of scale are a legitimate consideration in choosing mode. In the UK as a whole, most movements to landfill sites are made by large lorries, but rail and water have recently made some progress. One problem is how to develop sustainable methods of waste disposal as constraints on landfill take effect. At present, most of rail's waste market share is through five-year or ten-year contracts with local authorities, for loads which are wholly or largely made up of household waste. In future, the viability of carrying waste by rail may depend on more integration with loads of waste originating at commercial and industrial sites. The latter part of the article gives examples of waste transportation and disposal policies being applied by various specific local authorities. One authority has identified six options, including a waste park.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • Baker, B
  • Publication Date: 2000-4-27


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 16-8
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 187
    • Issue Number: 5579
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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  • Accession Number: 00795091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2000 12:00AM