Iceland introduces EU waste standards

Environment ministry issues regulations in line with EU directives on waste planning, landfills, incineration

Iceland's environment ministry has issued three regulations on waste management, landfill sites and waste incineration. The rules will implement the country's first general legislation on waste issues, passed earlier this year in line with EU directives. Iceland is bound by EU single market legislation even though it is not a member of the bloc.

The regulations could cause some controversy as they call for increased expenditure from municipalities. This is especially the case with the regulation on landfill sites, which calls for much stricter monitoring both while the site is in use and for 30 years after its closure.

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