Landfill Directive

EC legislation and what it means…

What is the Landfill Directive?

The Landfill Directive is EC legislation set in force in July of 2002 and is designed to reduce the negative effects of landfilling waste and cut down our reliance on landfill as a waste disposal option.

The Landfill Directive initially ensured that hazardous and non-hazardous materials were segregated and that hazardous waste be pre-treated and only sent to a dedicated and licensed hazardous waste landfill site.

Taxation on landfill has risen each year since the Directive was introduced. A rise to £40 per tonne was imposed in April 2009 with further increases of £8 per tonne per annum, resulting in a Landfill Tax of £72 per tonne in 2013!

This is set to rise again in 2014 to £80 per tonne. HMRC say on their website: “There will be a floor under the standard rate, so that the rate will not fall below £80 per tonne from 2014-15 to 2019-20.”

What does this mean?
It means that price rises for landfill will inevitably rise.

As a business, you are faced with three different choices for hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials:

  1. Segregate your waste yourself on your site
  2. Use an external waste contractor to ‘pre-treat’ or segregate your waste
  3. Do nothing and face EC fines for non-compliance

Whether as a business you decide to segregate the waste yourself or use the services of Max Recycle to do so, you must ensure that your waste is properly controlled and recorded. You have a Duty of Care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to keep records of your waste disposal and how your waste is handled.

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