Design advice for companies planning waste management facilities of all types has been released by the Government and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).
The guidance offers best practice advice on design principles, the design process and how best to consult the public. However, local authorities will still have the final decision on any facility.
Environment Minister Jane Kennedy said: We are committed to making a big effort to reduce waste and improve our recycling ability. To do that Britain needs new infrastructure for the better management of waste. New infrastructure will only be built if local communities are happy and this means the best possible design must be applied to win that all important public endorsement. I hope this new guidance will help achieve that aim.
The guidance covers all kinds of buildings from small community and municipal sites, such as compost units on estates, to larger sites such as combined heat and power plants.