The Environment Agency today reminded businesses and industry of the changes in landfilling waste that come into play from 30 October 2007.
Liz Parkes, Head of Waste at the Environment Agency, said: “The changes to the rules mean waste must be treated before it is landfilled, and all liquid wastes will be banned from landfills.
“For businesses who produce or manage waste this means you will have to review how you deal with it. If your waste does go to landfill, check to see if it is already being treated. If it isn’t you will need to treat it or ensure that your waste management company does this for you. If you produce liquid waste that goes to landfill, you will need to speak to your waste management company about alternative options.
“We’ve been working to raise awareness of these changes with business and the waste management industry. As well as producing comprehensive guidance, we’ve working with relevant trade bodies to produce a series of factsheets for specific sectors.”
There are many easy ways for business to treat waste and deliver real environmental improvements. Treatment can be as simple as separating the waste on site, and recycling one or more of the separated components.
Liz Parkes added: “These changes, which are being introduced under the Landfill Directive, aim to help reduce our dependency on landfill, as well as improve the environmental standards for the wastes that continue to be landfilled.