Government reconsiders on waste disposal plans

The Government has conceded that its proposal last year to abolish local waste disposal plans once the new Environment Agency is set up would leave an unacceptable gap in forward planning for waste disposal. A new system of regional planning guidance on waste has now been proposed by the Department of the Environment (DoE). The Government also intends to use its new powers to direct waste regulation authorities (WRAs) to prepare the last batch of waste disposal plans pending the Agency's establishment.

The DoE's proposals were set out in a consultation paper issued on 17 August.1 They apply to England and Wales.

The paper deals with two issues. These are the arrangements for waste disposal planning which will be put in place once the Environment Agency is established, and the interim system which will operate until the Agency is up and running.

Last month, the Government announced that legislation to establish the Agency

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