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Waste Management

Modern society produces large amounts of waste varying in nature from inert and relatively harmless materials to highly toxic chemical by-products and residues. Disposal of these wastes in an environmentally acceptable and sustainable way is an increasingly difficult problem.

By far the largest part of waste goes to landfill with environmental standards getting ever stricter, costs ever higher and the number of available sites ever fewer. There is pressure from both the European Commission and the Government to sharply reduce the amount of waste going to landfill with emphasis instead on reduction, reuse and recovery.

A Regional Waste Plan for South East Wales has already been produced, which guides the way that the Local Development Plan seeks to address the land use implications of waste management at a time of great change and uncertainty. The Plan aims are:

  • To encourage waste management based on a hierarchy of reduction, re-use, recovery (including material recycling, energy recovery and composting) and safe disposal.
  • To provide a planning framework, which enables adequate provision to be made for waste resource management facilities to meet the needs of society for the re-use, recovery and disposal of waste, taking account of the potential for waste minimisation and the particular needs in respect of special waste.
  • To ensure that waste management sites are located where they will have the least impact on the environment and on nearby communities.
  • Policy SP 11 identifies every class B2 industrial site as potential appropriate locations for Waste Resource Management Facilities, lists the estimated land-take need for all facilities from the RWP calculation, and describes the importance of the Area of Search Maps in seeking suitable locations. The reasoned justification to Policy CW 15 also contains the reminder that every class B2 site is identified as appropriate WRMF locations.

    Policy WM 1.1 identifies the Cwmbargoed Washery as a site for a potential WRMF capable of serving more than one Local Authority area.

    WRMF proposals in locations beyond the class B2 industrial sites and in the open countryside will be determine on their own merits and in terms of the provisions of the Plan, including issues such as infrastructure considerations and all the Protection Policies covering issues such as General Amenity, Natural Heritage etc.

    adobe logo Background Paper 4 – Waste Management (PDF 290kb)

    adobe logo Background Paper 4 - Waste Management - Supplementary Paper 1 (PDF 662kb)

    adobe logo Background Paper 4 - Waste Management - Supplementary Paper 2 (PDF 670kb)