The Government will start collecting more data on commercial and industrial waste from major producers this spring as part of an increased focus on the sector. Veolia Environmental Services regulatory affairs director Gill Weeks revealed the plans after meeting with officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Defra is also currently reviewing its policies on waste from the sector.
Weeks described current C&I data as woefully inadequate and said Defra had recognised this.
Theres a feeling [from the authorities] that they have done all they can with municipal waste, and fear of being fined [for missing landfill targets] is making them cut back on waste, Weeks said.
She said Defras C&I policy review would also look in more detail at materials, disposal routes and markets for the products and how to improve recycling and recovery. But she said there were no numerical targets proposed at this stage and commented: Landfill tax will continue to rise beyond 2010/11 and landfill bans will be difficult to enforce.
Defra and the EA will publish a C&I customers document very soon, in March or April to explain what they are doing and what they have planned, she added.