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Toughen up waste laws, Labour urged

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STRICTER REGULATION is urgently required in the waste sector if new facilities are to be built so Britain can meet European landfill reduction targets, waste disposal firms said this week.

'Industry needs a clearer legal framework so that banks will allow investment in new facilities, ' Environmental Services Association chief executive Dirk Hazell told delegates and waste minister Ben Bradshaw at a Labour party conference fringe meeting.

Hazell said a failure to hold waste management firms accountable for illegal dumping was encouraging criminal gangs to run fly tipping rings.

This in turn diverts waste from handling facilities, threatening their financial viability.

'A good example of this is that when liquid wastes were banned from hazardous waste sites, three new treatment facilities were built.

'Now they stand empty because amazingly these liquid wastes have disappeared, ' he said.

'We need better data systems that will allow the authorities to track the waste. We need an online system that enables waste to be identified and quantified throughout its life cycle, ' he said Bradshaw said that these issues would be taken into account in a review of UK waste strategy starting later this autumn.

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