The CBI said the UK could increase the amount of energy it generates from waste from 1.5 per cent today to six per cent by 2015.
The business group argues that non-recyclable waste should be incinerated, claiming that it is cleaner, more efficient, and environmentally sounder than burning fossil fuels or relying on landfill.
Director of business environment Neil Bentley said: "We cannot continue dumping rubbish in landfill sites. Waste that can’t be recycled could be used to heat homes and produce electricity, as well as improving our energy security.
"Across Europe, generating energy from waste is common and compatible with high levels of recycling.
"The government needs to encourage the development of more anaerobic digestion and incineration plants, and tackle delays in the planning system."
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