A recent study has suggested that the UK could solve its energy and waste problems in a combined effortConducted at Cranfield University at the Centre for Resource Managemand Efficiency, the report highlighted the unsustainable nature of landfill sites.
Traditionally, claimed the study, the UK has used landfill disposals as "the predominant method of waste management".
However, due to political and environmental commitments, this will have to change.
The study, titled Renewable Energy, Landfill Gas and Energy from Waste (EfW): Now, Next and Future, suggests that the country could potentially gather energy from waste in order to meet its renewable targets and reduce landfill.
"Depending on the pace of investment and availability of suitable feedstock", the report concludes, "EfW technologies can contribute up to 50 per cent of the UK renewables target by 2020".
Using waste as a renewable energy source is only one option. According to the environmental charity Greenpeace, the UK is well-suited to harnessing the power of wind and tidal energies as well.