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Managing Hazardous Waste India-EU Environment Forum Waste Management in the 21 st Century 12 November 2005 Sarah Paul Senior Policy Adviser Hazardous Waste.

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1 Managing Hazardous Waste India-EU Environment Forum Waste Management in the 21 st Century 12 November 2005 Sarah Paul Senior Policy Adviser Hazardous Waste Unit Defra, U.K.

2 Overview Legislative framework Hazardous Waste Directive Landfill Directive Raising awareness and encouraging hazardous waste minimisation Ensuring the provision of capacity Further developing the national framework

3 Background 4.8 million tonnes of hazardous waste consigned in England & Wales in % construction & demolition waste 20% oil and oil/water mixtures 11% waste from organic chemical processes 39% of this disposed in landfill Further 4.5 m tonnes treated/disposed at site of production

4 Hazardous Waste Disposal 2003

5 Legislative framework Hazardous Waste Directive – sets out definition of hazardous waste and prescribes controls for handling, packaging and transportation of such waste Landfill Directive – introduced ban on co- disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes in landfill

6 Hazardous Waste Directive Single EU definition of hazardous waste Controls on tracking and movement Consignment notes Packaging and labelling Requirements on producers Record keeping Subject to inspections No mixing - except under a licence

7 Hazardous Waste List Revised in additional wastes including many everyday items not already consigned: ELVs Fridges & Freezers TVs and computer monitors Fluorescent tubes

8 Hazardous Waste Regulations Environment Agency – England & Wales Site notification - annual registration with the Agency Aim is to improve cradle to grave control Multiple collections for low quantities of similar wastes, e.g. waste oils from garages

9 Landfill Directive (1) Overall objectives of Directive: to prevent or reduce as far as possible negative effects on the environment from the landfill of waste; and to achieve this by introducing stringent operational and technical requirements

10 Landfill Directive (2) July 2004 – ban on the co-disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes in landfill Hazardous waste can go to: Separate cells in non-hazardous waste landfill once suitably treated Hazardous waste landfill

11 Hazardous Waste Forum (1) Hazardous Waste Forum established in December 2002 Brought together key stakeholders to advise on the way forward on the management of hazardous waste Considered impacts of legislative requirements and decisions and actions needed to meet those requirements

12 Hazardous Waste Forum (2) Hazardous Waste – an Action Plan for its reduction and environmentally sound management published in November 2003 Set out recommendations on: Raising awareness and encouraging hazardous waste minimisation Ensuring the provision of recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal capacity

13 Awareness & minimisation Envirowise – free advice to small and medium sized enterprises Business Resource Efficiency & Waste Programme – support business in efficiency, including waste minimisation and diversion of waste from landfill Link with Sustainable Consumption & Production agenda

14 Capacity 2 high temperature incinerators 13 permitted hazardous waste landfills 4 in-house hazardous waste landfills 34 stable non-reactive hazardous waste cells (in non-hazardous waste landfills) Regional coverage

15 National framework – the future? Legislative framework needs to be supported by integrated package of policy instruments: Command and control regulation; Economic instruments; Information dissemination; Use of voluntary approach.

16 Producer responsibility Extension of the polluter pays principle EU PR initiatives for packaging, end-of-life vehicles, and waste electrical and electronic equipment. UK considering domestic initiatives on other hazardous waste streams, e.g. used oils – Waste Strategy 2000 review


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