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English organic waste trading comes closer

Britain's environment ministry has announced a further step towards introducing the world's first system of tradable allowances for landfilling municipal biodegradable waste. In a statement on Thursday it confirmed how many allowances England's 121 waste disposal authorities will have when the scheme launches on 1 April. Starting from the 15.64m tonnes they landfilled in 2001/2, the authorities will have dump a maximum 5.22m tonnes by 2020. The reduction is in line with EU biodegradable waste dumping controls in the 1999 landfill directive. See press release and trading scheme web pages.

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