The environment department has confirmed that from 1 December the Site Waste Management Plans Regulations (2008) will be scrapped in line with the government’s drive to cut “red tape”.
Under the Regulations, construction or demolition projects worth £300,000 or more must complete a site waste management plan (SWMP) detailing how waste will be managed at all stages of the project. The aim was to encourage firms to minimise waste and boost levels of reuse, reclamation and recycling. The announcement of the repeal came in the government’s formal response to a consultation that closed on 18 July. The 169 consultation responses were equally split for and against the repeal of the Regulations – 49% each, with 2% of responses “neutral”. Of the 70 contractors that responded, 41 were in favour of the scrapping of the legislation, while 29 were against. Meanwhile, more private businesses from the construction sector, developers and local authorities were against scrapping the rules than were in favour of them being repealed.
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