Landfill Allowances

England

Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (England) Regulations brought into force on 1st April 2005. There is trading of allowances. Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) in England is 68%. Penalties for exceeding allowances are £150 per tonne of biodegradable municipal waste in excess of allowances held.

Northern Ireland

The Landfill Allowances Scheme Regulations (2004) Northern Ireland (NILAS) came into force on 1 April 2005. The scheme does permit free transfer of allowances within NI, but does not permit trading of allowances.

Under the Landfill Allowances Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009, the biodegradable content of collected municipal waste is assumed to be 64% by weight.

Penalties for exceeding allowances are set at £150/tonne of BMW.

The NILAS scheme is currently under review.

Scotland

The Landfill Allowance Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005 came into force in April 2005.

The biodegradable content of collected municipal waste is assumed to be 64% by weight.

The Landfill Allowances Trading Scheme is currently suspended in Scotland.

Wales

The Landfill allowances Scheme (Wales) Regulations 2004 came into force on 1 October 2004. 

The biodegradable content of collected municipal waste is assumed to be 61% by weight.

Penalties for exceeding allowances are set at £200/tonne of BMW.

The scheme has never permitted the transfer or trading of allowances.