Enabling legislation to align the licensing system with British law was passed in 1997, but is only now being brought into effect by a statutory order.
The order extends the scope of licensing to any disposal, storage or treatment of waste, with provision for a range of registered exemptions. It also prescribes offences which may preclude a licence applicant from being a "fit and proper person", provide for regulatory fees and establish public registers.
Separate regulations introducing a permitting system for landfill sites in the Province, as required by the EU landfill Directive, were laid before Parliament in December.2The regulations come into effect on 6 January 2004. Sites which cannot comply with their provisions will be closed, while the remainder will be granted new permits as soon as possible within a transitional period up to March 2007.
Landfills that will be regulated under the waste management licensing regime - those taking only inert waste or less than 10 tonnes of waste per day, or with a total capacity of less than 25,000 tonnes - have until July 2009 to meet the regulations' requirements.