The Federal Government recently passed a new regulation simplifying the law on landfills (Verordnung zur Vereinfachung des Deponierechts) by consolidating the previously somewhat fragmented law in this area into one coherent piece of legislation. 

The consolidation of three existing regulations (the Deponieverordnung, the Abfallablagerungsverordnung and the Deponieverwertungsverordnung), together with the cancellation of three technical rules (in particular the technical rules on waste and on municipal waste (TA Abfall and TA Siedlungsabfall)), aims to alleviate the current regulatory burden placed on enforcement authorities and landfill operators in applying the law in this area. Before the regulation becomes law, however, the l;hjho;i Council will have to agree to it.