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NEW WASTE LEGISLATION - COUNCIL ISSUES ADVICE

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A change to the Landfill Directive was introduced on 16 July and aims to minimise the impact of landfill on the env...
A change to the Landfill Directive was introduced on 16 July and aims to minimise the impact of landfill on the environment.

In particular the change in legislation bans the disposal of certain types of waste and the practice of co-disposal, whereby 'hazardous' and 'non hazardous' waste were disposed of in the same landfill site. The legislation will restrict the number of landfill sites available and extend the range of wastes considered to be 'hazardous'.

This, together with earlier legislation affects members of the public since some waste items arising from the home will now be classified as 'hazardous' under certain circumstances, and includes such items as electrical equipment, fluorescent tubes, batteries, paints and thinners, pesticides and garden chemicals. These materials will be classed as 'hazardous' only if they are separated from the household's general refuse.

The following advice is given by Ceredigion CC's waste management section to any concerned members of the public.

-Paint, varnish and thinners should be used up before throwing away the empty container. If this is not possible, your local civic amenity (CA) site will accept small quantities of these products from households for reuse and recycling where possible

-Please donate working or repairable TV sets and electrical appliances to charities such as CRAFT in Aberystwyth. The shops where you buy new appliances will shortly be bound to accept redundant electrical equipment on a like for like basis. Otherwise electrical goods including fridges and freezers will be accepted free of charge at your local CA site so long as they are from domestic properties. The materials will be recycled where possible

-Fluorescent tubes should be taken to your nearest CA site or to ARC in Aberystwyth for recycling. This service is provided free of charge for tubes from domestic properties

-Dry cell batteries and lead-acid batteries can be taken to your nearest CA site for recycling

-Tyres are no longer accepted at landfill sites. Please ensure that the garage which fits any new tyres takes the old ones in return. Tyres are no longer accepted at the CA sites in Ceredigion. These garages may also take other used tyres for a nominal fee

-Asbestos from domestic properties is accepted in small quantities at the CA sites

-If you are in any doubt whether the item you wish to dispose of is classed as 'hazardous', phone the Environment Agency for further information

It is important to note that the CA sites in the county are only permitted to accept materials from domestic properties; they do so at no cost to the householder. Trade waste will not be accepted at the sites under any circumstances, traders are instructed to make alternative waste collection arrangements. Illegal tipping of waste at unlicensed sites will be investigated and may lead to prosecution.

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