DESPERATE SHORTAGES of hazardous waste disposal sites in Wales are forcing contractors to ship construction waste up to 460km for disposal, ICE regional manager Denys Morgan warned this week.
He added that the Welsh Assembly was too tied up with creating policy documents to create a favourable environment for building waste disposal facilities.
Morgan was speaking ahead of the ICE Wales waste management conference in Cardiff next Thursday, where the Welsh Assembly's head of waste Andy Rees will be speaking.
'Although the ICE applauds the Welsh Assembly for its Wales Waste Strategy document, there have not been any practical, sustainable solutions on the ground, ' said Morgan.
'In Wales we need six to eight major materials recovery and resource management centres.
At present, we have one coming on stream, but there are no firm proposals for any others, ' he added.
This shortage is forcing contractors to ship waste hundreds of kilometres for disposal.
'A recent contract in West Wales saw the contractor hauling [hazardous] waste to Peterborough, which makes a mockery of the proximity principle, ' said Morgan.
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