Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Closed landfill sites fall into three categories - those that:
These sites are known as 'Landfill Directive closed landfills'. Operators are subject to the requirements of landfill legislation. You must provide closure plans to show how you intend to close and manage the site in the aftercare phase.
In Northern Ireland these sites are regulated under a Waste Management Licence.
These sites are known as 'closed landfills'. You will be regulated by a range of conditions that were originally imposed through waste management or waste disposal licences.
In Northern Ireland these sites are regulated under a Waste Management Licence or a Compliance Notice.
These sites are known as 'historic closed landfills'. Your environmental regulator does not regulate these sites. However, they maintain an interest in them because of their potential to release greenhouse gases.
You must continue to manage sites to prevent pollutants being released during the aftercare phase.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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