Landfill Directive—snapshot

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Landfill Directive—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019
  • Objectives
  • Circular economy
  • Definitions
  • Scope of the Landfill Directive
  • Landfill targets
  • Permitting
  • Locating a landfill site
  • More...

Landfill Directive—snapshot

TitleCouncil Directive 1999/31/EC of 26 April 1999 on the landfill of waste OJ L 182 of 16.07.1999
Entry into Force16 July 1999
Deadline for Transposition16 July 2001
AmendmentsSee: EUR-Lex linked documents
England and Wales ImplementationEnvironmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154
Subjectlandfill, environmental permitting

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019

The Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No 2) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/188, introduce amendments to multiple pieces of EU-derived domestic legislation to correct deficiencies in this legislation arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This includes amendments to the regulations that refer to the Landfill Directive. For more details see: Domestic implementation.

Objectives

Council Directive 1999/31/EC of 26 April 1999 on the landfill of waste (the Landfill Directive) aims to prevent or reduce as far as possible negative effects on the environment,

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