Problems with Landfills and the Future

Problems with Landfills and the Future

Retail organisation can play a major part by making its recycling sites more available in local areas.

What may be junk to you, can be a treasure for someone else.

Problems with Landfills

There are many types of environmental problems, landfills are one of the most difficult to fix. Landfills are unpopular, no one wants to have them near them. At the same time, the amount of waste produced by the average household continues to grow.

Why no more Landfill

There are several main reasons behind our need to reduce landfill sites in the UK Landfill takes up valuable space. Landfill creates more pollution. Landfill contributes to climate change.


Legal – Duty of Care

The Duty of Care is set out in section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and associated regulations. It applies to anyone who is the holder of waste. Persons concerned with waste must ensure that the waste is managed properly, recovered or disposed of safely, does not cause harm to human health or pollution of the environment and is only transferred to someone who is authorised to receive it. The duty applies to any person who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste or as a broker has control of such waste.

Breach of the Duty of Care is an offence, with a penalty of up to £5000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment. Under the Duty of Care Regulations 1991 (the 1991 Regulations), parties transferring waste are required to complete and retain a “transfer note”, containing a written description of that waste. The 1991 Regulations require waste to be described on the transfer note by reference to the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) and its appropriate code number. These amendments to the 1991 regulations were brought in to meet the Landfill Directive’s requirements on monitoring the acceptance and treatment of waste, and will also help to fulfil the UK’s obligation to implement the EWC.