Waste Disposal: Construction

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Roger Williams Roger Williams Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that waste from projects on construction sites with an estimated cost of less than £300,000 is disposed of properly; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste)

Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) are mandatory for all construction projects in England costing £300,000 or more.

In addition, implementation of a SWMP is a mandatory minimum requirement under the Department for Communities and Local Government's (CLG) Code for Sustainable Homes. From 1 May 2008, a mandatory rating against the Code is required for all new home build developments, regardless of cost.

Moreover, local authorities are empowered to make SWMPs mandatory within the conditions of their planning permission for any construction project.

Duty of care requirements and waste transfer controls apply to waste from all construction projects, regardless of cost. My Department will shortly be consulting on a review of the waste duty of care and waste carrier and broker registration regimes. The aim of this review is to reduce levels of waste crime by simplifying and modernising these regimes, making them easier to comply with and enforce while tackling low levels of awareness. A main target audience for this review will be tradespeople involved in construction projects of less than £300,000.

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