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Rules for dumping sites

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you operate a dumping site (landfill site) in the Netherlands, you must be aware that certain waste categories cannot be dumped, but must be incinerated or processed instead (Dumping Locations and Waste Substances (Dumping Ban) Decree, Besluit stortplaatsen en stortverboden van afvalstoffen, BSSA).

Soil protection

There are also criteria for, among other things, the sealing and management of waste substances (Soil Protection for Disposal to Dumping Sites Decree, Stortbesluit Bodembescherming), for which you are required to install an upper and bottom sealing mechanism. Depending on the permit requirements, you must have inspections and tests carried out.

Exemption from the dumping ban

If there are no possibilities for processing waste temporarily or permanently in accordance with the Decree on Soil ProtectionExternal link for Disposal to Dumping Sites, you can apply to the provincial authorities for an exemption from the dumping ban.

If you are unable to clean or immobilise contaminated soil, you may dump the soil if you have a non-cleanability statement for contaminated soilExternal link (Verklaring van niet-reinigbaarheid voor verontreinigde grond, in Dutch). You can apply for this certificate to the Soil+External link Department of Rijkswaterstaat Environment.

Exemption for activities on a former dumping site

If you want to perform activities on a former dumping site in the Netherlands, you need to apply for exemption to the provincial authorities.

Online application procedure via Message Box

Using Message Box, you can apply for the non-cleanability statement for contaminated soil at Rijkswaterstaat Environment. In the province of Noord-Brabant you can use Message Box for applying an exemption to carry out activities on or in a former landfill. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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