MEMORANDUM BY STOCKBROOK COMMUNITY COMPOST
I am writing regarding the Select Committee
Inquiry into Sustainable Waste Management, in which I urge you
to address an issue regarding Community Composting that has been
outstanding for six years.
Community Composting is the most sustainable
means of managing organic waste and shows great potential in helping
the UK achieve the targets of Waste Strategy 2000, the EU Landfill
Directive and Agenda 21.
However, the existing Exemption from Waste Management
Licensing (1994) effectively makes my community project in Stockbrook,
Derby illegal without possession of a full waste management licence
which, as you will appreciate at a cost of around £1,000,
is totally unrealistic for a small community project. Following
the success of our small pilot project we very much want to repeat
it on a larger scale in Normanton, Derby but the Exemption would
make it unviable. This problem has, additionally, acted as a major
disincentive to other projects starting up across the country.
The Minister for the Environment made a written
commitment in January 1999 to the Community Composting Network,
of which I am a member, to review the exemption in Spring 1999;
however, the consultation process has still not got underway.
I ask you to urge the Minister to publish the consultation document
with immediate effect.