Since 2012, there has been a clear government policy focus on waste as a resource and the virtual elimination of landfilling. This has meant the development of waste handling and processing infrastructure nationally, the outputs from which are often exported abroad, and the reduction in the number of landfills across the start.
The current and future focus is on waste prevention, reuse, maximising recycling and using waste as a fuel in replacement of fossil fuels. In 2015, approximately 300,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste was accepted at composting and anaerobic digestion plants for treatment. The Food Waste Regulations, which require the segregation and separate collection of commercial and household food waste, are resulting in increasing amounts of organic waste being available for recycling and this trend should continue giving rise to the need for further infrastructure developments.
Strategic Planning and Waste Management legislation advice including appropriate site identification, planning advice, environmental, ecological and project communications services are all critical areas of consideration to ensure the correct project at the correct location is brought through the planning and regulatory process smoothly. MKO have advised clients on a wide range of waste infrastructure projects of every scale, and understand the requirements of the waste management industry and the processes that regulate activities in the sector.