It has been announced that Defra has published its plans for reforming environmental legislation following the recommendations of 2011’s Red Tape Challenge.

There are a series of measures but the plans include removing, condensing and simplifying environmental regulation over the next four years with the intention of reducing the “administrative burden” of compliance.

Are SWMP's a burden or a benefit? In my personal opinion the industry will be poorer with the loss of the legislation. The data required was simple enough to collect and the single biggest benefit was education it offered in doing the right thing with waste to the entire supply chain. Clients, consultants and project teams have all started to grasp the challenge that this country faces in addressing waste best practice. Hopefully the new emphasis on SKA and BREEAM projects will mean the industry continues it practice.

"In the Red Tape Challenge – Environment Theme: Implementation Plan the environment department confirms that the Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) Regulations 2008 and the Landfill Allowance Scheme will be scrapped in 2013. Defra will consult on removing the regulations in December 2012, with the final decision expected by October 2013."

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