Hazardous Waste Disposal

Meeting: 
MQT on 2002-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0686
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Does the Mayor share my concerns about the decision to increase the amount of hazardous waste disposed at Aylett's Farm quarry in Rainham? Will he join me in my campaign to ensure that the site does not become a hazardous waste only site?

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Answer

Answer for Hazardous Waste Disposal

Answer for Hazardous Waste Disposal

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Aylett's Farm landfill site has been accepting commercial skip waste and some asbestos waste since 1978. The site is licensed to accept a maximum input of 200 tonnes of commercial waste and 11 tonnes of special (asbestos) waste per day. The Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002 came into force on 15 June 2002. These new regulations implement the Landfill Directive (Council Directive 1999/31/EC). The Directive requires that all licensed landfill sites are classified into one of three categories, hazardous, non-hazardous or inert. The regulations required landfill site operators to submit a conditioning plan to the Environment Agency, by July 2002. In order for the site operators (PF Ahern) to continue to accept asbestos waste, they submitted their conditioning plan to operate as a hazardous waste landfill site. This plan has been accepted by the Environment Agency.In essence, the site is not accepting an increased amount of hazardous waste, it has merely been classified as hazardous, to comply with the requirements of the Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002. This enables the site to continue to accept the licensed amount of asbestos waste, as well as the licensed amount of commercial wastes. This view is held by the Local Planning Authority and the Environment Agency. The site is nearing the end of its working life, and should cease operation in December 2003. The site will have to comply with the closure of landfill requirements set out in the Landfill Directive. The license states that there must be at least two metres depth between asbestos deposits and the final restored level of the site, or within two metres of any cell wall. On this basis, I am satisfied that during the brief remaining life-time of this site that it will not be accepting greater levels of asbestos waste. .