WALES IS ENTERING a critical period in its bid to reduce its dependency on landfill, ICE Waste Management Board chairman Nigel Mattravers said this week.
Speaking ahead of Wales' sixth National Waste Management Conference and Exhibition in Cardiff later this month, Mattravers said the event represented the ideal opportunity to discuss the Welsh Assembly's revised waste strategy, due to be published in March.
'In Wales there have been very few [waste infrastructure] projects moving ahead and that needs to be addressed, ' he said.
Mattravers added that a discussion on the revised strategy was likely to be revealing of Welsh attitudes towards alternative treatments for waste.
The conference focuses on the three main areas of Wales' waste management framework: construction waste, health and wellbeing. This last area, said Mattravers, was unusual for a waste conference.
Vale of Glamorgan waste and operational manager Cliff Parrish will be giving the local authority perspective on wellbeing. He said it was important to remember the positive impact that good waste management can have on people's lives and 'the strong economic benets that recycling projects have on the local community'.
The conference is on 15 February and is organised by ICE Wales in conjunction with South Wales Institute of Engineers, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.