Title: Consultation on site waste management plans for the construction industry 
Resource Type: document --> policy documents 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2007 
Availability: April 2007 
Author 1/Producer: Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs - Defra 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Publisher: Defra 
Publisher City: London, UK 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/construction-sitew ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
Size: (e.g. 20mb) 200 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Brownfields
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Excavation
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Recycling/reuse
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
 
Short description: The construction industry is a major contributor to the UK economy, but this comes at a cost. Each year of the 400 million tonnes of solid materials used, only two-thirds is added to the building stock - the rest is consigned to landfill. A Defra consultation proposes to make Site Waste Management Plans a legal requirement for all projects in England worth over £250,000. Those responsible for Plans would need to assess the waste that will be produced on a construction site and detail how it will be reused, recycled or disposed of. During construction, the Plans would be updated to record what actually happens to the waste, including the legitimate disposal of materials that cannot be reused or recycled. This audit trail would reduce the potential for fly-tipping and increase the accountability of contractors. Higher level reporting and review processes would apply to projects over £500,000. Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) should also help the construction industry to get maximum value out of its waste and make better use of resources. Powers were included in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 for regulations requiring a site waste management plan (SWMP) for works involving construction or demolition waste. Following the voluntary code of practice launched by DTI in 2004, Defra has developed proposals for compulsory site waste management plans in England. (A similar consultation is expected in Wales later in the year.) SWMPs aim both to reduce fly-tipping and to promote the potential resource savings from minimising waste. The consultation package includes an explanation of the proposals, a partial regulatory impact assessment and draft regulations. Views are invited from all those with an interest in the construction industry and protecting the environment from waste crime. 
Link to Organisation(s): Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
 
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