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Remember Remember 30th October!

With the final phase of the Landfill Directive coming into play at the end of October, the Environment Agency (EA) has issued a reminder to businesses and industry of the changes taking place. Under the Landfill Directive waste must be treated before it can be landfilled and all liquid wastes will be banned from landfill. The new rules apply across the EU and must be fully implemented by July 2009. EA head of waste Liz Parkes said: For businesses who produce or manage waste this means you will have to review how you deal with it. If your waste does go to landfill, check to see if it is already being treated. If it is not you will need to treat it or ensure that your waste management company does this for you. If you produce liquid waste that goes to landfill, you will need to speak to your waste management industry. As well as producing comprehensive guidance, we have been working with relevant trade bodies to produce a series of factsheets for specific sectors. Treatment can be as simple as separating the waste on site, and recycling one or more of the separated components. An EA spokesman said: If you were a greengrocer, for example, and you got your deliveries of food in cardboard boxes, you could segregate those boxes from your other waste and send it for recycling. The EA will monitor compliance with these new rules during its normal programme of site inspections and detailed audits, as well as during visits to waste producers. This monitoring will take place at landfill sites. Our approach is to concentrate on advising waste producers that they need to adapt their waste management practice. We will also encourage them to see the opportunity this offers to improve their environmental performance as these changes are for the good our environment, Parkes added. For more information www.environment-agency.gov.uk/landfilldirective

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