SEPA release new guidance on biodegradable municipal waste ban

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Landfill operators in Scotland will soon be banned from accepting Biodegradable Municipal Waste

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has released new guidance on the upcoming ban on biodegradable municipal waste in landfill sites.

From 1 January 2021, landfill operators in Scotland will be banned from accepting Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) in an attempt to reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions and extract remaining resource value from residual waste.

BMW includes biodegradable household waste and similar streams from the retail and hospitality sectors.

Construction and demolition (C&D) wastes are not included and should therefore still be able to be landfilled directly.

The guidance states operator sites which treat municipal waste for landfill disposal have a statutory duty to describe the waste accurately and must carry out sampling and analysis of the waste.

Landfill operators are expected to inspect both the Waste Transfer Note (WTN) and the waste visually at the gate to ensure that the incoming waste complies with the new requirements.

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