Implementation of the landfill directive has so far resulted in a reduction in the number of permitted landfill sites in England and Wales from around 2,600 to 560 sites that continue to operate.
Of those estimated—560 sites, 450 have been granted a landfill permit and thus meet the requirements of the landfill directive. The remaining 110 sites are either:
closing by July 2009 in accordance with a plan agreed with the Environment Agency (10);
subject to outstanding appeals against the refusal of a landfill permit application (25); or
still being considered following further investigation as to their fulfilment of the landfill directive requirements (75).