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Landfill waste disposal

The Landfill Directive (an EU law) is applied in England and Wales through the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (England) and Landfill Allowance Scheme (Wales). Similar regulations apply in Scotland and in Northern Ireland. Under these regulations, from October 30, 2007, landfills no longer accept untreated waste or liquid wastes. Businesses and industries must now arrange for alternative ways for disposing of liquid waste and ensure that non-liquid waste is properly treated before disposal. The regulations also ban the disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in the same landfill. All hazardous waste must be disposed of in specially designated landfills.

The regulations also affect the way in which household waste is disposed of. They set out targets for local authorities to reduce the amount of bio-degradable (organic waste like food and garden waste) household waste sent to landfills. In order to meet their targets, local authorities have changed the way in which they collect waste. Visit the Recycling and Collection pages for further information.

Legislation

European

Directive 99/31/EC of 26 April 1999 on the landfill of waste

Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (Waste Framework Directive 2008)

United Kingdom

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, Schedule 10

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