Waste management plan for England
The Waste Management Plan for England is intended to encourage sustainable management of waste. The plan analyses waste management strategies and summarises how the objectives of Article 28 of the European Union’s revised Waste Framework Directive 2008 will be implemented.
The Waste Management Plan for England sits alongside Planning Policy Statement 10: Planning for Sustainable Waste Management which is being updated following public consultation.
 Background and legislation
The Waste Management Plan for England was published in 2013 and supersedes the Waste Management Strategy for England 2007. The 2013 plan did not introduce new waste management measures or policies, but instead collated the findings of the government’s review of waste policy and the previous policies into one national plan.
It was developed in response to Article 28 of the EU’s revised Waste Framework Directive 2008, and must ,’set out an analysis of the current waste management situation in the geographical entity concerned, as well as the measures to be taken to improve environmentally sound preparing for reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal of waste and an evaluation of how the plan will support the implementation of the objectives and provisions of this Directive’.
In addition, the plan helps meet the requirements of Schedule 1 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.
 Waste covered by the plan
The Waste Framework Directive defines waste as ‘any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard’. Broadly, this includes:
- Household and commercial waste.
- Industrial (including agricultural) waste.
- Construction and demolition waste.
- Hazardous waste.
 Objectives and scope of the plan
The contents of the plan have been informed by the mandatory requirements of Article 28 of the Waste Framework Directive 2008 and the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. This includes:
- The type, quantity and source of waste generated within the territory
- The waste likely to be shipped from or to the national territory.
- An evaluation of the development of waste streams in the future.
- Existing waste collection schemes and major disposal and recovery installations, including any special arrangements for waste oils, hazardous waste or waste streams addressed by specific community legislation.
- An assessment of the need for new collection schemes, the closure of existing waste installations, additional waste installation infrastructure in accordance with Article 16, and the investment required.
- Sufficient information on the location criteria for site identification and on the capacity of future disposal or major recovery installations.
- General waste management policies, including planned waste management technologies and methods, or policies for waste posing specific management problems.
- The management of packaging and packaging waste.
- Measures to promote high quality recycling including the setting up of separate collections of waste..
- Measures to encourage the separate collection of bio-waste with a view to the composting and digestion of bio-waste.
- Measures to promote the re-use of products and preparing for re-use activities, in particular:
- Measures to encourage the establishment and support of re-use and repair networks.
- The use of economic instruments.
- The use of procurement criteria.
- The setting of quantitative objectives.
- Measures to be taken to ensure that by 2020:
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Bin blight.
- BRE SMARTWaste.
- BRE SMARTWaste John Muir release.
- Circular economy.
- Environmental plan.
- Site waste management plan.
- Blog post: Site Waste Management Plans - A Necessary Burden.
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