Waste Management and the Responsibilities and Role of the Construction Industry in Wales

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), January 21, 2010 | Go to article overview

Waste Management and the Responsibilities and Role of the Construction Industry in Wales


2010 is set to be another year when waste hits the top of both the political and environmental agendas and those not up to speed with the ambitious and challenging plans afoot to tackle waste management in Wales should read on.

Ioan Prydderch Last year saw a number of announcements by the Welsh Assembly about their plans for Wales to become a 'zero waste' nation by 2050.

A zero waste nation is defined by the Welsh Assembly Government as having a '100% resource-efficient economy where material flows are cyclical and everything is reused or recycled harmlessly back into society or nature'.

Welsh ministers make no bones about the fact that they want Wales to lead the way globally in terms of developing sustainable development strategies, including waste management plans.

The culmination of this was the launch last summer of the consultation, 'Towards Zero Waste', which sought views on how to deal with the growing problem of what to do with all types of waste generated by the country.

Municipal waste aside, however, it is the construction industry that is bearing the brunt of scrutiny over its waste management practices, and although we avoided the introduction of mandatory Site Waste Management Plans that came into force in England in April 2008, the construction sector in Wales faces an ongoing challenge to manage waste.

Indeed, the development of the Site Waste Management Plan regulations in Wales is already in hand at the department for the environment, sustainability and housing and those involved in construction projects without provision for such plans will need to be prepared for these regulations when they come into force. …

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