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Businesses “Unprepared” for Landfill Rule Changes

Most UK businesses are “completely unprepared” for major new waste regulations coming in on October 31, requiring waste to be “pre-treated” before it is sent to landfill.

That is the view of business advisory company Grant Thornton, which said the “vast majority” of companies in this country are not ready for the legislation, which will require their non-hazardous waste to undergo some form of treatment before being landfilled (see story).

From October 31, commercial and industrial waste must be treated physically, biologically, chemically or thermally before going to landfill.

Grant Thornton’s government and infrastructure advisory team warned of “serious” penalties for those companies who do not comply with the new pre-treatment regulations.

Meanwhile, landfill operators are unhappy that they look set to take on the lion’s share of legal sponsibilities for waste coming in to their sites, to make sure waste producers have carried out pre-treatment.

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