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Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made to meeting the target to complete the process of closing all landfills by 2009 that will not meet the Landfill Directive requirements. (231011)

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).