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Planning is biggest barrier for waste

The biggest barriers to progress for the waste management industry are planning issues, Environmental Services Association director-general Barry Dennis has warned.

Barry Dennis

Barry Dennis

Speaking on the final day of the RWM in partnership with CIWM show, Dennis, left, told the audience that planning has been an issue for “many years”.

He said: “One of my great disappointments is that the industry and Government haven’t got together to sort it.

“If the industry is to deliver the targets we have in European Union legislation, we’re going to need the facilities to treat and look after this waste. If we haven’t got them, the waste won’t get dealt with, we won’t hit the targets.”

He added that other challenges for the industry included attracting people to work in the waste sector, and issues of training and the different interpretations of EU legislation between member states.

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