Waste Regulations Update
- Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2011
The revised Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 came into force earlier this year and as part of the phased introduction there will be some important changes coming into effect on 28 September 2011.
The regulations implement the revised Waste Framework Directive and;
• require businesses to confirm that they have applied the waste management hierarchy when transferring waste and to include a declaration on their waste transfer note or consignment note;
• require a new permit waste hierarchy permit condition and where appropriate a condition relating to mixing of hazardous waste;
• introduce a two-tier system for waste carrier and broker registration, which includes those who carry their own waste, and introduces a new concept of a waste dealer;
• make amendments to hazardous waste controls and definition;
• exclude some categories of waste from waste controls, notably animal by-products whilst include a small number of radioactive waste materials.
From 28 September 2011, whenever you pass waste on to someone else, you will have to declare on the waste transfer note, or consignment note for hazardous waste, that you have applied the waste management hierarchy. Your waste contractor should be able to give you more advice. Government has produced short guidance on the waste hierarchy aimed at waste producers and small business and this can be found at http://wrapwht.aeastaging.co.uk.
Businesses should take this opportunity to consider what wastes are produced and how they are managed.
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