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Government seeks views on the revised DOC Code of Practice

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is seeking views and comments on the recently revised Duty of Care (DOC) Code of Practice. The Duty of Care sets out the legal requirements for those dealing with household, commercial and industrial waste to produce, store, transport and dispose of these ‘controlled wastes’ safely…

Government looks to reduce red tape in waste and agriculture

The UK Government announced this week that it is looking to make £10billion of savings from reducing red tape and proposals have highlighted waste and agriculture as two of five key industries. The Government review will look at how to reduce the burden of red tape, encourage productivity and growth and make Britain the best…

Wiser Environment takes on new recruit

Wiser Environment has recruited a new junior consultant to assist with our growing workload. Sophie Stephenson has a Master’s degree in environmental management and previously worked at the Environment Agency. Sophie says: “I’m really happy to join Wiser and be part of such a friendly team who evidently have a great rapport with their clients….

WAMITAB audit achieves excellence rating

Wiser Environment gained a rating of ‘excellent’ in our recent Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) audit. The company runs the WAMITAB Approved Milton Assessment Centre and offers a range of WAMITAB training options providing industry recognised qualifications in waste recycling and resource management. All Wiser Environment assessors were rated as excellent and…

High volume delays environmental permit applications with EA

The Environment Agency (EA) is taking longer than usual to process environmental permit applications due to high work volumes. To ensure that these delays don’t affect your operations, Wiser Environment recommends the early submission of applications until further notice from the EA. For further advice, please call us on 01480 462 232 .

Do you still qualify for the lower rate of landfill tax?

On 1st April 2015, the standard rate of landfill tax rose from £80.00 to £82.60 per tonne and the lower rate from £2.50 to £2.60 per tonne in line with inflation. On the same day, loss of ignition (LOI) testing came into force through the Landfill Tax (Qualifying Fines) Order 2015. This order requires landfill…

Will you be affected by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme?

By 5th December 2015, certain organisations are required to have carried out an energy audit under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.  Is your organisation affected and are you ready to meet the requirements? The UK Government established the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to implement the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU).  ESOS is a mandatory energy…

EA issues Fire Prevention Plan guidance

The Environment Agency (EA) has published its long awaited guidance on EA Fire prevention plans.  This replaces existing guidance TGN 7.01 reducing fire risk at sites storing combustible waste. The new guidance provides assistance for those wanting to draw up fire prevention plans that will become a mandatory part of site management systems. A  fire prevention…

Are you compliant with the new separate collection legislation?

The Environment Agency is writing to all waste collectors over the next few months to identify whether they meet the new separate collection legislation. Are you confident that you are compliant? From 1st January 2015, it is a requirement to collect waste paper, metal, plastic and glass separately (from general waste and from each other)…

EA issues new position on short term storage of RDF at a dockside

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued its new Regulatory Position Statement 128 – The short term storage of refuse derived fuel at a dockside. This new RPS will be withdrawn on 30th April 2015. After the 30th April 2015, those who were operating under this RPS will need to prove one of the following:  They have…