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Defra scraps waste controls review

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THE GOVERNMENT is to scrap its review of waste controls after admitting it was unlikely to meet its objectives.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs had intended to review its rules on developing waste permit guidance in a bid to provide a system that would offer regulation based on risk and allow permits for the disposal of waste electrical equipment.

But the review team has now been forced to admit that, despite being engaged in informal consultation for almost a year, it was unlikely to meet either of these objectives on time.

In a letter to stakeholders, Neil Thornton, Defra's environment quality and waste director, said: 'The review team had been engaged in an intensive informal consultation on a number of work packages which set out the elements of a new system of environmental permitting for waste recovery and disposal. It has lately become evident that we faced significant risk of the new system delivering neither of its objectives, at least on time.'

Rita Singh, policy development executive at the Construction Products Association, claimed the move should have first been discussed further with the industry.

She said: 'The aim of the review was to simplify waste permitting. It is a shame that about 12 months of work has now been scrapped.'