UK plans "waste trading" to limit landfill

Government announces draft laws on waste dumping permits, water conservation; confirms nuclear fund

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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