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Civil engineers call on Government to use energy from waste strategies

Energy and waste need to be "knitted together" according to The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) waste management board vice chairman Peter Gerstrom.

His comment comes as the ICE published its State of the Nation report this week, aimed at highlighting actions civil engineers feel need to be taken to improve the nation's infrastructure.

Gerstrom said it was important to "get the Government signing up to energy from waste strategies" to help diversify its energy resources.

The report also raises the fact that no new major planning approvals for facilities have been made in the past year, to help meet impending European Union Landfill Directive targets. Gerstrom said: "Nothing has happened on the ground with taking forward compliance with the landfill directive."

According to the ICE £10 billion is needed to invest in waste facilities and the money can either be spent on processing plants that "only partly tackle the waste issue" or efficient regional facilities. It said there had "not yet been enough political commitment to encourage serious investment from industry".

Another matter the report brings up is the current narrow focus on municipal waste. Gerstrom said this should be broadened, so that all waste was considered as a material resource. He used the example that the majority of Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste was still going to landfill.

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