Site waste management plans revoked in England

By Sophie Wilkinson

The government has acted on its plan to revoke site waste management plans (SWMPs) in England, with effect from the 1 December 2013. This is part of its ‘Red Tap Challenge’ to reduce the administrative burden on businesses.

SWMPs were introduced in 2008 and were required to be in place before construction work began for projects with an estimated cost in excess of £300,000.

A more detailed SWMP was needed if the estimated construction cost was above £500,000. The plan had to include how to identify the waste likely to be produced on site, how to minimise its quantity and how to deal with it. Responsibility for preparing the plan rested with the person commissioning the works…

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