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EU Commission launches proposals to phase out biodegradable waste to landfill

A representative of the European Commission (EC) has announced the body’s intention to propose a phase out of biodegradable waste to landfill between 2020 and 2025.

Speaking at the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) workshop on the implementation of the Landfill Directive in Prague, EC representative in charge of the Landfill Directive, Jose Jorge Diaz del Castillo, told attendees that the precise scope of the measure was yet to be decided.

He added that the Technical Adaptation Committee had been revising technical annexes to the Landfill Directive on the subject of landfill gas, in order to provide more detailed specifications on the recovery of landfill gas, and the decision to produce non-binding technical guidelines which can be applied to curb landfill gas emissions ahead of the phase out.

Environmental Services Association (ESA) director of policy Matthew Farrow said: “The ESA has no ideological objection to the introduction of landfill restrictions so long as they are signalled well in advance, are properly prioritised with good quality impact assessments and are accompanied by appropriate funding and planning regimes to enable required alternative infrastructure to be built and operated.”

He added: “Difficulties associated with apportioning responsibility for ensuring compliance will also need to be carefully considered during the Commission’s consultation process.”

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