DEFRA climbdown on landfill controls

Regulations issued in June reveal that the Environment Department (DEFRA) has been forced to drop plans to introduce stricter provisions on the information waste producers must provide when consigning waste - instead promising to strengthen existing requirements through revision of the statutory code of practice on the "duty of care".1 The regulations also allow "compatible" hazardous wastes to be deposited in landfills adopting limit values three times higher than those in the standard waste acceptance criteria (WAC).

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