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Development of new waste infrastructure is too slow, says the Composting Association

The Composting Association has urged the Government to establish a clear delivery timetable for the development of new waste infrastructure. In its Manifesto entitled Achieving Sustainable Biodegradable Waste Management, the Composting Association calls for Government to improve the land use planning process to ensure that new waste infrastructures can be built without time delays. Speaking to MRW chief executive Jane Gilbert said: The whole system of establishing infrastructure such as in-vessel and anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities take a great deal of time to deliver - it is very slow. The whole system is time consuming. It takes at least two years to gain planning permission if, say, a private company wishes to establish a new facility, so we are only getting a trickle of new sites coming through. The Waste Resources & Action Programme has focused on food waste recently and we will need the new technologies to process that waste adequately. Yet, to get the new facilities established is time consuming and costly. Gilbert continues to say that the recent Planning Bill missed a vital opportunity to address this issue. The Planning Bill being debated at the moment has focused mainly on big infrastructure such as large scale incinerators. In focusing on this it has missed an opportunity to look at the processes in developing smaller infrastructure such as AD. The Government needs to look very clearly in terms of developing the Waste Strategy and give a clear delivery timetable to establish new infrastructure. Gilbert also calls on the Government to implement an education programme to help build the trust between local authorities and the private sector when they decide to build new waste infrastructures.

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