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Welsh Assembly Government requests more powers over waste and recycling

The Welsh Assembly Government could get further powers over the environment and waste.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson told the Welsh Affairs Select Committee that further powers could place a duty on local authorities to collect recyclable material from businesses, certain materials could be banned or restricted from landfill sites, a charging scheme could be introduced for site waste management plans in relation to the construction and demolition sector, and construction projects could be required to use a percentage of recyclable material.

The WAG has set ambitious targets to recycle at least 70 per cent of its municipal and household waste by 2025. It has also set a target to become a zero waste nation by 2050 so that products and services are designed so that they reduce or re-use waste as far as possible.

The Legislative Competence Order is a procedure that enables the WAG to further enhance its law making powers. The request for powers in an LCO must be approved by MPs before the assembly can pass laws.

In conclusion, the Welsh Affairs Select Committee agreed that the WAG should have the ability to legislate with regard to waste management, protecting or improving the environment with regard to pollution and nuisance. It said that the evidence it received showed wide support for legislative competence in this area to be devolved to the National Assembly.

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