The Council is working towards the achievement of targets set out at European, National and Regional level for the reduction of the amount of waste being diverted to landfill. Policies in the Unitary Development Plan for Carmarthenshire generally build upon the framework provided by EU Directives, National and Regional Guidance and promote a waste hierarchy of reduction, re-use, recovery and disposal to landfill only as a last resort.
Existing waste sites are regularly monitored to assess landfill capacity remaining and to check compliance with planning conditions attached to the operations.
Technical Advice Note (TAN) 21 - Waste
This guidance note provides advice about how the land use planning system should contribute to sustainable waste resource management. Wise About Waste: The National Waste Strategy for Wales deals with matters beyond the scope of this guidance in providing a framework within which Wales can reduce the amount of waste it produces and deal with waste, which has been produced in a more sustainable manner. This document has been prepared in parallel with the Wales Waste Strategy in the full knowledge of the likely issues emerging in the Strategy.
Wise About Waste: The National Waste Strategy for Wales
Promotes a number of actions to improve the management of waste in Wales. These include measures to increase the use of recycled and composted materials by businesses and the public sector in Wales, a public sector waste minimisation campaign, an education campaign to raise awareness and understanding across Wales of the need to manage waste in a more environmentally friendly manner. It also includes moves to establish a Centre of Excellence in Waste Research amongst further and higher education institutions in Wales.
Regional Waste Plan for the South West Wales Region
This Plan provides a statement on how the land use planning system within the South West Wales Region will make adequate future provision for waste management facilities.
It is intended to provide a land use planning framework at the Regional level to enable each constituent local authority to develop their unitary Development plans in a way that determines potentially suitable locations for the range and type of facilities needed to manage waste arising within its' own area.