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Consultation on disposal of inert construction waste begins

Views about rule changes for the disposal of inert construction waste are being sought by the Government in a 13 week consultation. The consultation follows Government commitments, made in the Waste Strategy, to discuss regulation reforms by the end of 2007. Materials such as brick, concrete, hardcore, subsoil are covered by the consultation, which aims to ensure that inert waste remains available to restore exhausted quarries. The Landfill Inert Waste Sub-Group worked with the Environment Agency (EA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the consultation document, which is available on Defras website. The closing date for responses is 21 March 2008. The consultation document reflects recommendations from the November 2006 Lord Davidson report on reducing or simplifying unnecessary regulation, as well as a June 2006 position statement by the Quarry Products Association, which set out industry concerns about the level of regulation. The paper is published jointly by Defra, the Welsh Assembly Government and the EA at http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/topics/index.htm

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