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Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003

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22“Landfill”
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(1)In this Chapter “landfill” means a site for the deposit of waste onto or into land where the site is—

(a)a waste disposal site, or

(b)used for the storage of waste.

(2)In determining whether a site is a landfill for the purposes of this Chapter, the following activities at the site are to be ignored—

(a)the temporary storage of waste if the site is used for such storage for less than one year;

(b)the unloading of waste in order to permit the waste to be prepared for further transport for recovery, treatment or disposal elsewhere;

(c)the storage of waste, prior to recovery or treatment, for a period of less than three years as a general rule;

(d)the storage of waste, prior to disposal, for a period of less than one year.

(3)The fact that a site for the deposit of waste is at the place of production of the waste does not prevent the site from being a landfill for the purposes of this Chapter.

(4)In subsection (2) “treatment” means the physical, thermal, chemical or biological processes, including sorting, that change the characteristics of waste in order to—

(a)reduce its volume,

(b)reduce its hazardous nature,

(c)facilitate its handling, or

(d)enhance its recoverability.

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