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Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003

Overview of the Act

8.Part 1 of the Act provides for:

  • the setting of the maximum amount of biodegradable municipal waste which is allowed to be sent to landfills from each country of the UK;

  • the allocation of landfill allowances, which may be tradable, to waste disposal authorities;

  • the preparation, in each country of the UK, of a strategy for reducing the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfills;

  • the National Assembly of Wales to make regulations requiring local authorities in Wales to have municipal waste management strategies and provide information about waste;

  • an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to allow waste disposal authorities to direct waste collection authorities about the separation of waste;

  • the waste authorities for each two-tier area of England, subject to certain exemptions, to draw up joint municipal waste management strategies.

9.The details of the landfill allowances schemes will be established in subordinate legislation made by the appropriate authority in each country of the UK.

10.Part 2 of the Act provides for:

  • the development of the statutory framework for wider emission trading by amending the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 to include the power to provide penalties (including automatic financial penalties) for non-compliance with future schemes;

  • the enforceability of penalties for non-compliance with the current UK Emissions Trading Scheme (including automatic financial penalties).

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