Landfill aftercare proposals published

Proposals to change the way landfill operators fund the management and maintenance of landfill sites after they have closed were announced this week by the Environment Agency.

Landfill sites need to be managed long after they have been closed, some for up to 60 years after, to ensure they do not impact on the environment. This week’s proposals will ensure that landfill operators make cash available for the aftercare of their site from the first day of its operation.

Liz Parkes, head of waste regulation at the Environment Agency said: “Under current arrangements, landfill operators need to ensure that money will be provided to the Environment Agency to look after their site should the company go under. These proposals go one step further, to ensure that they are actually putting money aside each year to maintain their sites following closure. These proposals put the emphasis of providing aftercare of landfill sites on the company itself.”

The consultation document, Financial Provision for Landfill, can be found on the Environment Agency website.

By David Hopkins

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