Salim Vohra
Wales 3 Regional Waste Plans HIA

consultancy: transport, policy making

Wales 3 Regional Waste Plans Strategic HIA (including Appendices)

I led and project managed this Strategic HIA which supported the 3 Regional Waste Plan 1st Reviews and ensured that health was considered during the Regional Waste Planning process.

Untreated waste, in and of itself, has negative health and wellbeing impacts. Therefore, the overarching aim of the National Waste Strategy and the 3 RWPRs is to significantly reduce the total amount of waste being treated and disposed of in Wales by reducing, re-using and recycling waste i.e. moving up the waste hierarchy. This goal will take some time to achieve and in the meantime waste treatment facilities will be needed to appropriately treat and dispose of this waste.

Overall, the HIA finds that there is no single best public health Strategic Waste Management Option (SWMO). Options 2, 3 and 4, are good from a public health perspective but each has strengths and weaknesses. The Strategic (SWMO) Analysis points to further residual waste recycling rather than just energy recovery as the better option i.e. Options 3 and 4. In contrast, the Spatial Options Analysis, because of the numbers of facilities, size of sites, and the need for more waste lorry movements, points to Option 2 (fewer sites, though larger, and less waste lorry movements overall) as being better.

Summary of the Full Report

Welsh Assembly Government, 2007