Waste management should be central to the government's green economy strategy as it offers massive commercial opportunities as well as significant environmental gains, according to a report published today by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The report, entitled 'Making Ends Meet: Maximising the value of waste', says increasing the adoption of waste to energy technologies would reduce carbon emissions and help bolster the UK's energy security, while also reducing the risk of breaching EU landfill targets. According to the report, around 2,000 new waste management facilities will need to be built by 2020 to replace the 300 landfill sites due to close over the next decade. However, it warns that the £10bn of private sector investment required to build new waste-to-energy plants and recycling facilities will not be forthcoming without clearer signals from government to investors. More certainty over planning, improved data on commercial and industrial waste levels, and an integrated local policy to help different councils deliver zero waste policies will be required to drive private investment, the report warns. The report can be downloaded here.