This Update contains brief details of recent Government and EU publications, legislation, cases and other developments in England and Wales relevant to those interested in municipal waste management, which have been published inAugust 2011.
Items are set out by subject, with a link to where the full document can be found on the internet. All links are correct at the date of publication.
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The following topics are covered in this update:
|Biodegradable Municipal Waste||Municipal Waste|
|Environmental Impact Assessment||Permitting and Licensing|
|Litter and Street Cleaning||Waste PFI|
Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/1824): these regulations, which came into force on 24 August 2011, revoke and replace the 1999 EIA Regulations (SI 1999/293) as amended, which implemented the EIA Directive 85/337. They prescribe the procedures that authorities must follow when undertaking an EIA and producing an environmental statement when considering an application for development consent for any project that is likely to have significant effects on the environment. The new regulations take account of recent case law (Baker and Mellor cases) and changes to the EIA Directive 85/337. (26 July 2011)
SITA UK: Public attitudes to community buy-in for waste and resource infrastructure: this report looks at what residents actually think of incentives such as utility discounts to facilitate the development of new waste management facilities. The research found that offering personal benefits to those living near proposed waste management facilities would significantly increase community support for them. It concludes that the level of support for a local facility increased when a community fund was proposed and even more so when discounts were offered. It makes three recommendations:
(22 July 2011)Litter and Street Cleaning London Councils / Keep Britain Tidy: Local environmental quality in times of austerity - Prioritisation & behaviour change: this research report looks into London residents’ priorities for public services spending, focusing on where local environmental quality and related anti-social behaviour issues feature in this list. At the heart of this research project is a desire to understand how these changing priorities impact on the ways in which residents would like authority bodies to go about tackling the issues. Putting the residents in charge of their own ‘budgets’, the research explores the degree to which residents see enforcement as an acceptable source of revenue, what residents are willing to contribute towards the issues personally and what other approaches and techniques are most likely to change poor environmental behaviours and encourage people to ‘do the right thing’.
DEFRA: Local authority collected waste for England – quarterly statistics: these provisional results summarise waste collected and managed by local authorities in England in the 12 months from January 2010 to December 2010. They show that the proportion of local authority collected waste disposed of into landfill has decreased to 44.2% during that period. The figures are based on quarterly data submitted by local authorities to WasteDataFlow. (4 August 2011)
London Councils: Cutting waste not services: in March 2011, London Councils hosted a round table event that brought together key industry and waste authority figures to explore alternative ways to fund waste collection and disposal while maintaining service levels. The remit was to challenge ‘business as usual’ and set out workable ideas for the future approaches that could be taken in the region in response to this twin challenge of increasing demands on services and decreasing supply of resources. This post-event report gives details of the key discussion points along with some unconventional ideas to manage London’s waste. (27 July 2011)
EEA: Waste opportunities - Past and future climate benefits from better municipal waste management in Europe: using a life-cycle perspective, this report analyses the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from municipal solid waste management in the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland. The report makes clear that better management of municipal solid waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, but to tap this potential, the EU's Waste Directives must be implemented fully, in particular the Landfill Directive. Three scenarios illustrate how waste management and associated GHG emissions might develop until 2020. (29 August 2011)
Environment Agency: Environmental Permitting Charging Scheme & Advice 2011-12 (revised August 2011): revised guide to the Agency's charges under the Environmental Permitting Charging Scheme effective from 1 April 2011. It covers the different types of operations that require a permit under the Environmental Permitting Regulations as well as various other charges. It explains the scheme and what charges have to be paid. It is designed to help both charge payers and its own staff and should be read in conjunction with the scheme itself. (23 August 2011)
Welsh Assembly Government: Minister calls on councils to sign up to waste change programme: the Welsh Government Environment Minister John Griffiths is urging local authorities in Wales to take advantage of a new package of support to help them meet waste reduction and recycling targets. The Collaborative Change Programme will offer all Welsh councils the chance to benefit from significant additional specialist technical advice and support to help them plan for up to 15 years to show how they will meet the targets set out in Wales’ waste strategy Towards Zero Waste in the most sustainable and efficient way. (9 August 2011)
DEFRA: UK waste data: summarises total UK waste disposal by sector and by management method in 2004 – 2008. The figures show that total UK waste generation has decreased by 11.3% between 2004 and 2008, from 325m tonnes (mt) in 2004 to 289mt in 2008. Out of the sectors generating more than 25mt of waste per year, the Industrial and Commercial sector has seen the biggest percentage change in generation with a decline of 17.3% over the period. (4 August 2011)
Environment Agency: Draft guidance on the treatment of waste by thermal desorption: seeks views on draft guidance that applies to installations and mobile plant that undertake thermal desorption as a Part A(1) activity listed in Sch.1 to the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England & Wales) 2010. It aims to set out the additional indicative Best Available Techniques (BAT) requirements that the Agency expects regulated facilities to meet for these activities as an addendum to existing Sector Guidance Note S5.06. The consultation closes on 1 November 2011. (9 August 2011)
Welsh Assembly Government: Food waste treatment programme: outlines the background to the food waste treatment programme and explains the support available for Welsh local authorities who intend to start treating food waste by Anaerobic Digestion. (25 August 2011)
Welsh Assembly Government: Residual waste treatment programme: outlines the support available for Welsh local authorities who intend to start treating residual waste. (25 August 2011)