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Landfill: EC Law

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress has been made in implementing the EU Landfill Directive; and if he will make a statement; (251690)

(2) what progress he has made on implementation of (a) the EU Landfill Directive and (b) the EU Packaging Directive; and if he will make a statement.

The requirements of the Landfill Directive are now contained in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. These requirements have been progressively implemented, with the final measure being introduced in October 2007.

Separately from this the Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003 implements Article 5(2) of the Landfill Directive, which requires member states to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill.

The UK has fully implemented the requirements of the EU packaging directive via the producer responsibility obligations (packaging waste) regulations and the essential requirements regulations.