Government report finds 75% support measures to tackle illegal waste disposal

The building sector has shown support for government proposals to cut 109 million tonnes of waste produced each year on sites in England and Wales.

A government consultation report published today found that 75% of respondents support the idea of legally binding site waste management plans (SWMPs) to reduce illegal waste disposal.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will now use the report for its preparation of regulations to come into force in 2008.

Joan Ruddock, minister for waste, said: “This level of support for our proposals is very welcome.

"The government is determined to drive down waste production and increase recycling and re-use. It is very good to have the backing of the industry as we move towards new regulations.”

About 13% of all the solid materials delivered to construction sites goes unused, and up to one third ends up in landfill.

SWMPs aim to reduce the quantity of materials used and to encourage reuse and recycling.