England Considers Landfill Regulation Legislation

Date: November 7, 2002

Source: News Room

England Prime Minister Tony Blair's government has unveiled details of draft legislation allowing it to specify how much biodegradable municipal waste local authorities will be allowed to dump in landfill sites. A key aspect of the new law is that authorities will be able to trade their "landfill allowances" in an arrangement that the environment ministry believes may be the first of its kind in Europe. The bill sets up the framework requiring local governmental authorities, to reduce progressively the amount of biodegradable waste they send to landfill, through a system of tradable landfill allowances. The government aims by 2020 to reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 35 percent of that produced in 1995.

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