THE ENVIRONMENTAL Industries Commission (EIC) has warned that new legislation could leave the UK with 'millions of tonnes' of hazardous waste with no disposal options.
The environmental lobbying body claimed last month that UK legislation banning co-disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste due to come into force in July 2004, together with new European waste acceptance criteria due in 2005, could slash the number of landfill sites accepting hazardous waste. It fears this will lead to spates of large-scale fly-tipping or disposal in unsafe facilities unless the government acts fast.
EIC member companies are increasingly concerned over barriers preventing alternative disposal solutions to hazardous waste born out of the Landfill Directive. EIC cited a 'continuing lack of clarity over key wastespecific targets and treatment objectives, to enable industry to reach investment decisions'.
It has called for companies providing waste minimisation and alternative treatment options to be given regulatory clarity to develop solutions for hazardous waste.
EIC is also contributing to the work of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs hazardous waste forum which is examining the issues and has written to Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for the Environment, to call for DEFRA to address these issues.