HC Deb 14 November 1990 vol 180 c157W
27. Mr. Trimble

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps are contemplated to reduce the use of open landfill as a means of disposing of domestic waste.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

Landfill, properly located and operated to the highest standards, is expected to remain a major option for the disposal of domestic waste in the United Kingdom. Recommended standards need to be imposed through disposal licensing controls and these should include requirements for daily cover of tipping areas and the consequent reduction of open operations to the minimum. The provisions of the newly enacted Environmental Protection Act 1990 will improve the effectiveness of licensing controls and similar legislation will be brought forward for Northern Ireland.

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