UK businesses now have legal, moral and financial obligations to implement effective waste segregation schemes.
On the 30th October 2007, a new amendment of the EC Landfill Directive came into force that is designed to help the UK achieve its 2010 target for the reduction of biodegradable waste sent to landfill to 75% of that produced in 1995.
As a business you are now legally obliged to ensure that only pre-treated waste is sent to landfill. Segregating your waste so that a ‘reasonable amount’ of recyclable waste is sent for recovery is what is meant by pre-treatment.
UK businesses now have a legal as well as moral and financial obligation to implement an effective waste segregation scheme and reduce the amount of waste they produce which goes to landfill.
Again you have three choices as already mentioned in the Landfill Directive section:
- Segregate your waste yourself on your site
- Use an external waste contractor to ‘pre-treat’ or segregate your waste
- Do nothing and face EC fines for non-compliance