Controls on N Ireland farm, mining wastes

Regulations introducing further controls in Northern Ireland on the landfilling of agricultural waste or wastes from mines and quarries came into force on 1 May.1

The regulations make it an offence for an operator of a landfill to continue to take such waste after 31 July 2006 without submitting a conditioning plan for that site by 1 June 2007. It is also an offence if they fail to submit such plans in connection with the closure of the landfill to comply with conditions specified in a closure notice.

Controls on agricultural and mining wastes in Northern Ireland were introduced last year (ENDS Report 378, p 45 ).

Operators of landfills temporarily classified as being for hazardous waste pending determination of a licence application can also commit an offence if they fail to comply with such obligations.

A second set of regulations, which come into force on 4 June, amend the waste acceptance criteria for monolithic waste sent to landfill in Northern Ireland.2 They also ban landfilling of tyres and other specified wastes from 30 October 2007.

Interim guidance on landfill closure, capping and restoration was issued in April by the Environment and Heritage Service.3

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