The UK government today unveiled details of draft legislation allowing it to specify how much biodegradable municipal waste local authorities will be allowed to dump in landfill sites. A key aspect of the new law is that authorities will be able to trade their "allowances" in a scheme the environment ministry says may be "the first of its kind in Europe".
The same law will also put on a legal footing the UK's greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme that officially launched in spring (EED 04/02/02). Details of the draft law were published in parliament two days after being announced alongside a raft of other planned legislation in the annual "Queen's speech" outlining the government's forthcoming legislative priorities.
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