Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Disposing of waste at landfill sites or incinerating it without energy recovery are the least sustainable waste management options and you should only use them as a last resort.
Some types of waste are banned from landfill sites, including:
For most types of waste, landfill tax is £91.35 a tonne.Landfill tax for some inert or inactive wastes is £2.90 per tonne. Waste contractors pass on these rising costs to the waste producer.
You must pre-treat waste before you send it to landfill. You also have a duty to ensure that your waste is disposed of legally. If you dump waste illegally, you could be fined or even sent to prison.
You can use the NetRegs e-learning tools to get a good overview of key issues. These tools are free to use and cover the essential points of each topic. They might be useful as a refresher course, or to make sure that staff have a good understanding of their environmental responsibilities.
All are available at: NetRegs: e-learning tools:
If you send waste for incineration, make sure you use an operator authorised to accept your waste. If you incinerate waste on your premises, you must have appropriate authorisation from your environmental regulator.
The NIEA has produced a guidance that explains the reuse of materials, and when waste legislation does not apply.
Disposing of waste
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