Implementing the landfill Directive: A turning point for UK waste management

tradable permits for landfilling biodegradable waste are among the options being considered by officials examining how to implement the forthcoming EC landfill Directive. The legislation is likely to open up significant commercial opportunities in waste recycling and recovery and hazardous waste treatment - alongside increases in costs for local authorities and industrial waste producers. It will also necessitate an overhaul of the waste management licensing regime and investment at hundreds of existing sites to meet new pollution control standards.

After eight years of deliberation, the EC is poised to adopt a Directive on landfills early next year. But despite the protracted negotiations, and persistent UK opposition to many of the proposals, there is every sign that the Directive could take the UK by surprise as the Government draws up plans for its implementation.

The Directive will impose many new regulatory requirements on the landfill industry, and will probably necessitate an

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