The Welsh environment minister has announced the start of a consultation on the introduction of waste regulations for the construction industry.
John Griffiths met with industry leaders in Cardiff today (31 January) to launch the consultation.
The proposed regulations will require developers, builders and contractors to plan how they will manage waste arisings at the planning stages of a new construction or demolition project.
According to a Welsh Government statement, a Site Waste Management Plan will help people working in the sector to prevent, minimise and recycle waste.
Griffiths said: “I am confident that Site Waste Management Plans will become an important tool for the construction sector, creating opportunities to save money, reduce waste and increase recycling.”
He added: “We have worked with key industry representatives as well as the Environment Agency and local authorities from across Wales to help develop the proposals.”
The consultation document outlines how additional planning caused by the regulations could be offset by cost savings from using more sustainable waste management practices.
Responses are invited on the Welsh Government website over the next 12 weeks. The minister encouraged people to take part in the consultation and help shape the regulations.
“If you would like further information or are interested in taking part in the consultation, I encourage you to attend one of the eight workshops organised by Constructing Excellence in Wales during February and March.”