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New year, new Landfill Regulations on the horizon

The Government has proposed a number of changes in the Landfill Regulations for 2005.

These changes would further restrict the amount of waste going to landfill by focusing on Waste Acceptance Criteria.

This includes applying the same leaching limits and hazardous waste tests for monolithic waste as already applies to granular waste.

Also on the agenda is the requirement of waste producers to provide a written description of the waste that accompanies other waste as it journeys through the disposal process.

Meanwhile a provisional implementation date of October 30 2007 has also been set for the pre-treatment of non-hazardous waste prior to landfill and a ban on liquid at non-hazardous sites.

All of its proposals are included in a consultation paper, which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is receiving responses to until March 7.

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