Key changes that will affect the British waste industry and waste producers include a requirement to classify all landfill sites as accepting only hazardous, non-hazardous or inert wastes, the government says. This will end the UK's current practice of "co-disposing" of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes and could push up prices for hazardous waste disposal.
All wastes going to landfill will have to undergo some form of pre-treatment to cut their volume or hazardousness or aid recovery. The consultation paper predicts that waste producers will in practice be forced to take responsibility for this. Waste producers will also have to find alternative disposal routes for materials such as liquid wastes, vehicle tyres and certain hazardous wastes that will be banned from landfills.
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