A guide on how to deal with new legislation requiring the pre-treatment of all non-hazardous waste before disposal has been published by Veolia Environmental Services.
Implications of the new pre-treatment regulations, which become law across
The guide explains how the onus will be placed on waste producers to carry out pre-treatment at source or arrange for a third party to do so. Waste will not be accepted for disposal at landfill unless it can be demonstrated to have undergone a treatment process that passes the three-point pre-treatment test.
First, the treatment must be physical, thermal, chemical or biological and second, it must change the characteristics of the waste. Last, it must change the waste to reduce its volume and hazardous nature, make it easier to transport and, if it is recyclable, leave it in a state so that it can be recycled. Compaction is not regarded as a form of treatment.
A written declaration detailing the treatment methods employed must be provided. Companies without the infrastructure to comply with these changes must employ a waste management service to fulfil the regulation criteria.
To download the guide visit: www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk/pages/pdfs/new/ves_pretreatment.pdf