Policy update published on waste management

Sites for waste facilities should be identified in local plans, according to the government's latest waste management policy statement.

PPS10, the waste management guidance update published in draft form this week, aims to deliver a better match between the waste that communities generate and the facilities needed to manage it.

Regional planning bodies and authorities must deliver sustainable development by driving waste management up the waste hierarchy and looking on waste as a resource, the statement insists.

It calls on councils to step up the search for waste disposal sites.

According to the ODPM, this will provide greater clarity for waste firms on whether proposals for treatment facilities will secure planning permission.

Planning minister Keith Hill said: "Every home and business creates waste. The planning system has a pivotal role to play in making sure that we get the right facilities in place to deal with it."

Gloucestershire County Council head of waste and minerals policy Kevin Phillips said the policy is welcome in providing clarity for local authorities and waste management firms.

Enviros consultant Tim Hammond added: "Those of us in waste planning have been waiting for this guidance. In a fast-moving industry, guidance tends to lag behind practice."

But Friends of the Earth voiced concern that the policy removes the best practice environmental option in assessing waste. Senior waste campaigner Claire Wilton said: "We will seek to ensure that the environment is at the heart of waste decisions and communities are fully involved."

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