Building an inert waste strategy
10 April 2008
The UK's Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Welsh Assembly and the Environment Agency have jointly issued a discussion document soliciting input concerning the way inert wastes, such as brick, concrete, hardcore and subsoil, are handled in England and Wales. The aim, according to Defra, is “to adopt a more proportionate and risk-based approach to its recovery and disposal”.
Comments are being solicited from interested parties on several topics, viz:
• greater use of derogations from some of the Landfill Directive controls that are provided for inert waste;
• the need for a level playing field for the different activities involving inert waste;
• revised guidance on the testing of inert wastes that are landfilled;
• inconsistencies in terminology for describing inert waste going to landfill;
• the quality of guidance including classifying an activity as recovery or disposal.
Further information is available on Defra's website (www.defra.gov.uk) and the closing date for responses is 21st March 2008.