New task force on hazwaste treatment capacity

The Government's Hazardous Waste Forum, which is due to publish its report in December, has established a task force to monitor the installation of treatment capacity and update estimates of hazardous waste arisings.

Chaired by Cleanaway's regulatory affairs director, Gill Weeks, the task force will focus on particular waste streams and the UK's ability to comply with the new waste acceptance criteria for landfills and any interim arrangements between July 2004, when the ban on co-disposal comes into force, and July 2005 - the deadline for the criteria's implementation.

A specific working group will be set up on construction and demolition wastes and contaminated soils, which account for a significant chunk of total hazardous waste arisings and are heavily reliant on landfill (ENDS Report 345, pp 18-21 ).

Other groups may be established for waste oils and orphan wastes - those which cannot be treated any further but may not meet the waste acceptance criteria.

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