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Landfill: EC Law

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the financial and economic impact of the EU Landfill Directive, (b) the costs of meeting the targets contained in the Directive by 2010 and (c) the likely cost to the public purse should the UK fail to meet the requirements of the Directive. (254403)

The information is as follows:

(a) The financial and economic impact of the EU Landfill Directive in England and Wales was considered in a regulatory impact assessment (RIA) included in the consultation on the implementation of the Landfill Directive in 2001.

(b) The costs of meeting the 2010 landfill diversion targets were estimated in the RIA on the implementation of the landfill provisions of the Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003. The RIA identified three options that would meet the requirements as well as a business as usual base position.

(c) Failure to meet the requirements of the Landfill Directive would leave the UK open to infraction proceedings under EC law.