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Industry body calls for developers to ‘design in’ waste management solutions

A leading industry body has urged developers to incorporate waste storage and collection solutions into the design process for new commercial and residential buildings.

The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT)’s Making Space for Waste: Designing waste management in new developments guide, has offered guidance on the logistics of storing, collecting and managing waste in municipal and commercial premises at a project’s design level.

The guide seeks to establish a ‘baseline of standards’ for waste management provision throughout England and Wales and will cover residential, commercial and mixed use developments.

These standards include minimum requirements for the provision of internal and external waste storage and collection points, a greater consideration of ‘principles of place-making and design’ on the co-location of waste facilities with domestic properties and increased infrastructure standards to allow better access for refuse collection vehicles.

The guide also highlights new chute and vacuum powered underground waste management systems as possible solutions to the issue of waste storage and collection in residential areas.

ADEPT president Alison Quant said: “Historically, waste management has been considered at the end of the development process, once the roads and buildings have been constructed, which has resulted in a lack of storage space for residents and poor access for collection staff. Our aim is to ensure that in the future we design and build streets where waste can be stored conveniently yet unnoticed, and collected easily.”

ADEPT has also issued a recent position statement entitled Supporting sustainable economic recovery which calls for wider investment in waste infrastructure and criticises the announcement of the end Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS).

The statement commented: “The end of RSS and other changes to the planning system regarding third party right of appeal are likely to further slow down planning decisions for EfW.”

“There is a need to encourage both the private and public sector to invest in waste infrastructure. We recognise the tight funding climate ahead but solutions must be found.” 

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