Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You must not send certain wastes to landfill including:
You can only dispose of low-level radioactive waste in landfill. If you are not sure whether a substance or object is classed as low-level radioactive, contact your environmental regulator.
You must check that any landfill site receiving your waste has a pollution prevention and control permit and is allowed to receive your type of waste.
Treating waste reduces the impact it has on the environment and encourages recovery and recycling. Treatment is a physical, thermal (eg incineration), chemical or biological (eg composting) process, which changes the characteristics of the waste.
All waste must be treated before you send it to landfill, except:
You can either treat waste yourself, or ensure that a later holder of the waste will treat it before it is sent to landfill.
From 1 Jan 2021, landfill operators in Scotland will be prohibited from accepting Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) for disposal at the landfill.
BMW is household waste, and waste from commercial, industrial or institutional sites that is similar to household waste. The ban covers waste that includes materials such as:
For a full description of BMW and the list of EWC codes that are affected by the ban read the SEPA guidance note.
The most effective way of reducing the cost of sending waste to landfill is to reduce the amount of waste you produce.
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