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ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES
27 November 1998
LGA WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Report by Councillor Paula Baker, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
1. This Committee is an operational committee which reports to the Environment and Regeneration Board. The Waste and Environmental Management Committee (WEMC) has agreed four priority work areas. These are - National Waste Strategy, Liaison with the Environment Agency, Landfill Tax and Marine Pollution. The Environment and Regeneration Board has asked the WEMC to take a lead role in improving relationships between waste, energy and economic development.
2. The WEMC has two task groups, one to progress work on "waste management options", the other to work on liaison with the Environment Agency. I am a member of the latter.
3. The "waste management options" task group fed into the recent consultation on "Less Waste More Value" (the Government paper on future waste strategy). The consultation period being over the summer recess limited the opportunity to debate the response. A draft waste strategy is expected in April and the White Paper, perhaps, at the end of 1999.
4. Turning to the Environment Agency, the task group has explored the workings of Area Environmental Groups (AEGs) and Regional Environmental Protection Advisory Committees (REPACs), setting up liaison meetings for the task group with local authority members of both. Boundary differences are raised frequently the Environment Agency is divided on river catchment areas not local government divisions, which complicates liaison.
5. The WEMC has also spent time on the review of packaging waste regulations, the effect of the landfill tax, emerging EU legislation and the review of water company price limits.
6. The WEMC will be receiving presentations from the Energy from Waste Association, and from the Composting Association at its next meeting.
COUNCILLOR PAULA BAKER
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
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