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The introduction of the Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) aims to obtain greater control on the nature of the waste disposed of at landfills, so to minimise the impact of this form of disposal. Furthermore, the requirement to characterise all waste disposed of will make the producers more aware of the type of waste they produce, whilst improving the overall knowledge of the constitution of the waste landfilled.
The Landfill Directive (Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfilling of waste) and Council Decision 03/33/EC, as implemented by Schedule 10 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, set out the methodology for gathering all relevant information for the safe disposal of waste at a landfill: the Waste Acceptance Procedures (WAP). Please consult this DEFRA guidance on landfill.
The WAP consist of three levels of assessment:
These are set out in the Landfill Directive (Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfilling of waste) and Council Decision 03/33/EC, as implemented by Schedule 10 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 - please also consult this DEFRA guidance.
Wastes can only be accepted at a landfill if they meet the relevant Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) for that type of landfill.
There are three different WAC for:
Furthermore, there are special provisions (with related criteria) for the disposal of certain wastes under specific conditions. The provisions cover: