What is The Landfill Directive?

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Did you know every day 80 million food and drink cans end up in landfill, that is one and a half cans per person, in a year each person could fill a bath with the contents of these cans

With effect from the 30th October 2007, the Landfill Directive imposes two new rules that will apply to non-hazardous waste

1) Waste must be treated before it can be landfilled
2) Liquid waste will be banned from landfill

Why is there new rules?
The Landfill Directive’s aim is to reduce the negative effects of landfilling waste by reducing companies reliance on landfill and improving the technical standards of landfill sites.

What is treatment?
The defination of treatment is:
1. It must be a physical, thermal, chemical or
biological process including sorting
2.It must change the characteristics of the waste
3. It must do so in order to:
reduce volume or
reduce the hazardous nature or
Facilitate it’s handling
or enhance recovery

How does this affect you?
Greatly, if you are not segregating waste on site or using a waste management company that has the facilities to segregate and recycle your waste. You will need to revise how you handle your waste and ensure that your waste collection company is fulfilling yours as well as their responsibilities.

What we can do for you?
Firstly you don’t need to panic, or spend time and resources setting up a Waste Management Plan and training staff to comply with these regulations.
We operate our own Waste Transfer Station all the waste we collect is tipped at our station, trained staff sort and segregate the recyclable materials. Only the non- recyclables are taken to landfill.

We not only meet the demands of the Landfill Directive but also offer peace of mind whilst maximising your recycling and minimising your effort.

For more information on the materials we recycle and the processes involved please browse the recycling section on our home page.