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Waste professionals debate infrastructure issues

Leading waste sector figures came together last week to debate how UK waste infrastructure facilities can be more effectively delivered in the future.

While the UK has made a commitment to develop a large number of modern waste treatment facilities, there are concerns that outdated procurement practices, ongoing planning delays, restrictive design specifications and inflexible commissioning regimes are adding unnecessary risks, uncertainties and costs to the overall delivery process.

The workshop event, organised by the ICE’s Waste & Resource Management Panel, provided an opportunity for high level public and private sector professionals to engage, outline the key issues and hear examples of best practice.


The forum also allowed for open challenge and debate on the main issues affecting waste infrastructure.

The panel’s chairman Phil Butler said: “The event really captured the senior industry view of what currently works and what doesn’t work in waste infrastructure delivery and what ideas or recommendations there are for future waste projects.

“It is important to use industry experience to pick out lessons learnt in planning and permitting, procurement, design and construction and operation and maintenance,” he added.

The panel will issue a positioning paper capturing the output from the event, which will be provided to all delegates.

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