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PPS 11: Planning and Waste Management
Annex B - Waste Minimisation in New Development

B1 Waste minimisation is concerned with reducing the quantity of waste that is produced and which would otherwise require treatment or disposal by one of the other options in the waste hierarchy. The main benefits of waste minimisation are the lower environmental and economic costs associated with production and waste disposal. The Department wishes to ensure, as far as is practicable, that waste minimisation is incorporated in an appropriate fashion in the design and layout of new development.
B2 Prospective developers of new housing areas, retail and office developments, community buildings and industrial areas should therefore consider at initial design stage the waste implications and requirements of future occupiers of such development. Waste arising from the development, during the construction and operational phases, should be quantified, and the measures taken to minimise and manage the waste generated should be identified. This will help to minimise the disruption and expense if provision has to be made later.
B3 The extent to which the Department can influence waste minimisation is limited. Nevertheless good design can ensure that materials of the required grade and not necessarily the highest grade are used, particularly where this involves using materials generated on site during the construction/demolition phase. Communal and large scale developments occupied or used frequently by people may provide the opportunity to incorporate recycling facilities such as Bring Banks and to separate, recycle and recover as many waste outputs as possible.
B4 The retention of existing buildings should be considered in development proposals as should space demands for dealing with waste generated, for example in an industrial case a building or area may be required for the compaction and storage of materials. The opportunities for linkages between land uses should also be explored in terms of the efficient use of materials, bye products of processes, collection and treatment of waste including use of vehicles and use of energy generated. (See also paragraph 7.6 Eco- Parks). Where appropriate, positive support will be given to such proposals.
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