Policy paper

Hazardous waste national policy statement

The National Policy Statement (NPS) sets out Government policy for the hazardous waste infrastructure.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


National policy statement for hazardous waste: A framework document for planning decisions on nationally significant hazardous waste infrastructure

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Without suitable management, hazardous waste may pose a risk to human health and the environment. We also need to manage our hazardous waste in a more sustainable way and ensure that, where possible, we recycle and recover hazardous waste rather than sending it for disposal.

New, nationally significant infrastructure for the management of hazardous waste is needed to protect the environment and human health and to allow us to manage hazardous waste in a more sustainable way, recycling and recovering the waste where possible.

The Hazardous Waste National Policy Statement (NPS) was published by the Secretary of State and sets out the strategic need and justification of Government policy for the provision of such infrastructure. It will be used to guide decisions made by the Planning Inspectorate.

The NPS provides a framework for the Secretary of State, but also provides guidance throughout for potential developers and in particular advises on what should be included in their assessment of the potential impacts of a particular project.

Hazardous waste national policy statement: post-adoption statement Hazardous waste national policy statement: monitoring strategy

Published 6 June 2013
Last updated 18 July 2013 + show all updates
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