Building an inert waste strategy

By Lindsay Gale10 April 2008

The UK's Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Welsh Assembly and the Environment Agency have jointly issued a discussion document soliciting input concerning the way inert wastes, such as brick, concrete, hardcore and subsoil, are handled in England and Wales. The aim, according to Defra, is “to adopt a more proportionate and risk-based approach to its recovery and disposal”.

Comments are being solicited from interested parties on several topics, viz:

• greater use of derogations from some of the Landfill Directive controls that are provided for inert waste;

• the need for a level playing field for the different activities involving inert waste;

• revised guidance on the testing of inert wastes that are landfilled;

• inconsistencies in terminology for describing inert waste going to landfill;

• the quality of guidance including classifying an activity as recovery or disposal.

Further information is available on Defra's website ( and the closing date for responses is 21st March 2008.

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