On 30 October 2007 the final stages of the European Landfill Directive came into force, after this date all waste going to non-hazardous landfill must be pre-treated.
It means that if you are in business you have to pre-treat all waste destined for disposal in non-hazardous landfill, or you let Premier pre-treat the waste for you. If you let us pre-treat the waste it will be taken to one of our transfer stations for treatment and then to landfill. In order for us to do this we have to know if you are pre-treating your waste and you will be asked this when you sign a waste contract with us.
The term pre-treatment is a little confusing. To pre-treat your business waste you must organise some way to reuse or recycle the waste. The simplest way to pre-treat is to collect and recycle individual waste streams. In effect, do for your business what you are probably doing at home through a kerbside collection.
A treatment option must comply with the definition of treatment. This involves a ‘three-point test’ against which you must assess the proposed treatment option:
Compacting/crushing the waste does not count as pre-treatment.
If you need any help or advice surrounding how the legislation may affect your business, please speak to your Premier sales contact or ring 0191 384 4000 and ask for the sales team.