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EA offers factsheet on landfill regulations

A fact sheet on how changes to the landfill regulations will affect the contaminated land sector has been developed the Environment Agency and posted on its website. Changes to the Landfill Directive will come into effect from 30 October and will ban liquid waste from landfill and require all waste to be treated before it is landfilled. The new rules mean all contaminated soils, whether hazardous or non-hazardous, must be treated before being landfilled. Businesses that send waste to landfill should check that it is already being treated and if it isnt they need to treat it or get a waste management firm to do so. Environment Agency head of waste Liz Parkes said: "There are many easy ways for these businesses to treat waste and deliver real environmental improvements. Much of the waste we send to landfill is already treated; however for some wastes more effort is needed. Treatment can simply be separating the waste on site, and recycling one or more of the separated components. To download the fact sheet visit http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/pdf/GEHO0707BMYN-e-e.pdf or to find out more call 08708 506 506.

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