Day: 1 March 2002
Specialists target waste management operations
The Commercial Vehicle Show 2000, being held from 30 April - 2 May, 2002, at the NEC, Birmingham, offers visitors the change to see the latest in vehicle technology. This selective LAWE Focus feature previews exhibitors with products employed in the waste management and environmental markets
Landfill operators get in shape to meet deadline for site Conditioning plans
By July 2002 operators of landfill sites will have to submit a Site Conditioning Plan to the Environment Agency to meet the requirements of the Landfill Directive and to avoid the risk of committing a criminal offence. The Agency is assisting landfill operators through a Conditioning Plan Pack and a series of workshops around the country
Study will predict the impact of changing landfill practice on leachate quality
The Environment Agency has commissioned the second phase of a consultancy project to predict the impact of changing landfill practice on leachate quality in the UK, as progressive implementation of the Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC) changes the nature of waste inputs. The Agency will require data to use as a source term to help it assess applications for new landfills and extensions to existing landfill sites
Hazardous waste banished to the salt mines
Enviros, which specialises in environmental consultancy and software products, has been advising Minosus since 1999 on the development of its proposed hazardous waste disposal facility. Minosus is a joint venture between Salt Union and Sarp Industries (part of the Vivendi Environnement Group). The proposal is to dispose of drummed or bagged wastes in the deep, dry salt mine at Winsford, Cheshire - the first such proposal in the UK, although similar facilities have been operated in Germany and France for many years.
Policy makers step on the gas with plans to charge road users on congested highways
The imperatives driving transport policy are set to change, both in the short term, with London Mayor Ken Livingstone's decision to impose a congestion tax on central London, and in the long term, with the proposals by the Commission for Integrated Transport to price many vehicles off the road. Both moves have significant implications for the environment - in terms of achieving a significant lowering of traffic generated pollution - and for all forms of transport and vehicles used in waste management. The options of sending waste by rail or by water, reviewed on page 8 of this latest LAWE Tracking Trends series, should come much more into the picture, backed by Best Value policies.
Rail freight and water transport offer ‘Best Value’ options
Road transport's days as king could be numbered, with the immediate prospect of congestion charging in central London and the longer term aim of the Commission for Integrated Transport to drive up the cost of using Britain's highways. These policies will be encouraging for alternative means of transportation, notably rail freight and water borne services. LAWE reports on how these sectors are faring
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