Pioneers of Packaging Award
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Regional Waste Strategy
The Regional Waste Strategy (RWS) for the South West “From Rubbish to Resource” was published in 2004, following extensive consultation.
The non-statutory Regional Waste Strategy aims to ensure that by the year 2020 over 45% of waste is recycled and reused and less than 20% of waste produced in the region will be landfilled. To achieve this aim, the strategy defines key areas for action by the people of the region and by organisations. One of the key areas for action is to adopt the waste hierarchy to reduce the amount of waste being produced, before considering reuse, recycling, recover or disposing waste. The strategy’s policies and actions address local authorities, the waste industry, non-governmental organisations and community groups as they are key partners to deliver the strategy.
Spatial elements of the Regional Waste Strategy have been incorporated in the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy policies on waste management. These include the regional waste allocations up to 2020 (RSS Appendix 2 ), the provision of waste sites and waste facilities in the region, applying the waste hierarchy in development and dealing with hazardous waste. The Draft RSS Waste policies were debated at the Examination in Public. The RSS Proposed Changes Policy W1 now includes the indicative sub-regional waste management capacity targets for each sub-region, which were derived from the RWS. The adopted RSS is expected to be published by Government in the summer of 2009.
Regarding hazardous waste, the South West Regional Technical Advisory Body (RTAB) prepared a technical report in 2005 on hazardous waste treatment and capacity, which informed the work on RSS policy.
A brief overview and explanation of the SWRA policy approach to waste in the Draft RSS can be obtained from the Information Note 7. The Assembly’s statement on waste management sets out its position with regard to the questions raised by the EIP Panel.
To order a hard copy of the strategy document, please contact: Carmen Bryant, Administrative Assistant by email or telephone: 01823 270101.
Or use the links below to download an electronic version of the strategy document.
Waste Strategy 1-9
Waste Strategy 10-59
Waste Strategy 60-108
A Situation Report was also produced by the South West Regional Technical Advisory Body (SWRTAB) that sets out the main findings from surveys of waste collection, disposal and planning authorities in the region for 2002. Previous reports for 1998/99 and 1999/00 are also available here.
More recent data is collected centrally by DEFRA and is available on their website by clicking here.