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Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements arising from EU legislation there are in respect of (a) charges for businesses and local authorities disposed of waste in landfill sites, (b) the provision of receptacles for the disposal of household waste and (c) the frequency of waste collections. (286574)

The requirements from EU obligations in respect of charges on businesses or local authorities to dispose of waste in landfill sites relate to two directives:

The European Waste Framework Directive which provides that in accordance with the ‘polluter pays principle’ the cost of disposing of waste must be borne by the holder or previous holder, or the producer of the product giving rise to of the waste, or the collector or disposer of the waste.

The Landfill Directive which seeks to ensure measures are taken that all the costs of setting up and operating a landfill site, including the cost of any financial security and the costs of closure and aftercare for a period of at least 30 years, are covered in the price to be charged by the operator for the disposal of waste at a landfill site.

There are no requirements arising from EU obligations in respect of either the receptacles for the disposal of household waste or the frequency of collections. These are rightly matters for local authorities to determine to suit local circumstances, taking into account the views of residents in the area.