DEFRA: Waste firms will not get ‘free pass to landfill’ in no-deal Brexit

DEFRA has insisted that waste firms will still be required to follow the waste hierarchy in the event of a no-deal Brexit, despite having identified 18 million tonnes of spare landfill capacity to deal with a worst case scenario.

Speaking at a Brexit contingency planning workshop yesterday, which has been running in different cities across the nation, Heeran Buhecha Fordyce, DEFRA’s deputy head of resources and waste policy, said: “We will not be dropping our environmental standards as a result of Brexit. 

“We will expect waste to be handled in compliance with the waste hierarchy. There is not going to be a free pass... to landfill. We know at short notice this could be challenging, depending on your circumstances, which is why we advise you talk to your Environment Agency (EA), representative early and they can help you work through the potential options open to you.”

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