A landfill is a facility that permanently disposes of refuse and other non-hazardous materials. If you intend to establish a landfill, you must apply for a permit from the Ministry of Environment and complete the approval process for designing one.
As a condition of the Permit to Operate a Waste Disposal Ground, owners must complete and maintain an operations plan and an emergency response plan.
Proper landfill closure is required to protect the environment from potential contamination to groundwater and soil. Landfill closure is regulated by The Municipal Refuse Management Regulations, 1986 for municipal landfills, and The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010 for privately owned, industrial landfills and all other waste management.
Operations plans and emergency response plans can be submitted through the Ministry of Environment’s Online Business Portal.
Stakeholders looking to dispose of a significant amount of inert waste including, some construction and demolition material, can apply to construct and obtain a permit for an inert landfill. More information can be found in this guidance document.