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ICE warns on waste disposal timebomb

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BETTER GOVERNMENT guidance is needed to encourage developers to build waste facilities to meet European landfill directive targets, the ICE said this week.

It wants the government to allocate areas for the facilities, to cut through the long process of getting planning permission which deters developers from entering the waste market.

The ICE's State of the Nation report has identified that between 1,500 and 2,300 facilities are needed by 2020 to meet EU targets aiming to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

ICE waste board vice chairman Nigel Mattravers said the waste sector was seen as too risky for developers as there was no certainty on the volumes or types of waste likely to be produced over the next 25 years.

Mattravers also believes local authorities are suffering from a lack of experience in managing large infrastructure projects.

'The complexity and capital investment involved with a waste management facility is like nothing local authorities have dealt with before - we're not talking about a £30M school but a 25 year £100M build and operate contract, ' he said.

INFOPLUS For more on the ICE's State of the Nation report, see feature page 20 and insert.

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