Inert wastes are those which chemically and biologically do not react, or react very slowly. They typically comprise waste stone, concrete, brick etc. The management of these wastes reflect the broader changes in the national waste industry that have occurred over the last couple of decades. Increasingly these wastes have been viewed as a resource, processing these materials by crushing and screening can produce a recycled aggregate which can then be re-used in construction. However, there are some inert waste materials which cannot be recycled in this way and landfill/landraise remains the only viable method for their management.
As wastes management has become increasingly focussed on viewing waste as a resource, so planning policy has proved more accepting of proposals for recycling inert wastes at suitable locations. Typically these are industrial/employment sites or existing quarries where the recycling operations would be of a similar character to those already undertaken. Planning policy is more restrictive in respect of landfill where the need for additional landfill capacity has to be demonstrated.
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