Pressure from the EU is forcing the Government to re-think its landfill diversion targets and change commercial waste classification.
Following discussions with the European Commission a consultation will be launched in early 2010 which proposes that more commercial waste will be counted as municipal waste, for which the Government has specific reduction targets in 2010, 2013 and 2020.
Although this approach would not increase the overall amount of waste going to landfill, it would increase the amount of waste going to landfill as ‘municipal’ waste, household-type waste collected by local authorities. This would help to address the environmental impacts of waste regardless of its source and bring the UK in line with many other EU Member States.
Changing the way that municipal waste is counted will mean amending the baseline on which landfill diversion targets are set and the 2010, 2013 and 2020 targets. Changes to Landfill Allowance Schemes and increases in landfill tax will be discussed, as well as the possibility of landfill bans for certain materials.
Defra remains confident that the UK will remain on course to meet the first target year in 2010.
Posted under Environmental Regulations and Legislation, Waste Management and Public / Government / Charity on 7 December 2009