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EU Waste Directive guidance launched for planning authorities

The government has launched guidance for local planning authorities on how to comply with the European Waste Framework Directive.

The directive provides an overarching legislative framework for the management of waste across Europe and is implemented in the UK via the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

This new guidance, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, says that all local planning authorities have a role to play in meeting the requirements of the directive and driving waste up the hierarchy, and outlines the legal and practical requirements needed to ensure compliance with the directive and the wider aims of zero waste.

Guidance for local planning authorities on implementing planning requirements of the European Union Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) is for local authorities, waste planning authority and other non-waste local planning authorities.

It covers cover municipal, commercial and industrial waste, low level radioactive waste, construction and demolition waste, agricultural waste, hazardous waste and waste water.

The guidance outlines waste planning authorities’ roles and responsibilities regarding various articles of the directive, including:

  • Waste Hierarchy
  • Protection of human health and the environment
  • Principles of proximity and self-sufficiency
  • Waste Management Plans

The guidance states that there is a clear need for robust and up-to-date local waste plans to guide and steer development, and attract inward investment necessary to help meet European targets for diverting waste from landfill, recycling and delivering renewable energy.

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