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New occupational health and safety ISO published today

The new BS ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems was published today (12th March 2018).  The ‘world’s first global occupational health and safety management system standard’ differs significantly from the current occupational health and safety management standard OHSAS 18001:2007. OHSAS 18001 is being withdrawn on publication of ISO 45001 so companies that are…

DEFRA considers removing exemptions

DEFRA is proposing to limit the number of waste exemptions that any one operator can register or potentially remove exemptions completely in the latest industry consultation launched last month. In January, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published proposals to tackle waste crime in England and Wales, blaming criminal activity and poor…

DEFRA proposes to make it harder to obtain permits

In the latest industry consultation, DEFRA is proposing to raise the standard of operator competence, potentially making it much harder to obtain a good OPRA rating and a permit. Last month, we advised that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) opened a consultation into proposals to tackle waste crime in England and…

Reuse of waste affected by reclassification

From this summer, changes to the classification of certain wastes could potentially prevent their reuse or result in the requirement for greater pre-treatment. The reuse of waste materials is a frequent practice in several industries, for example, reusing excavated soil and rock at construction sites has known environmental, economic and social advantages. This reuse of…

Summer of Challenges raises over £2,500 for fire fighters

Wiser’s Directors have reached their target of raising over £2,500 for the Fire Fighters Charity following last year’s Summer of Challenges, in response to the devastating fire at Wiser Recycling’s waste electrical and electronic equipment facility in 2016. We would like to thank the many who contributed for their generosity and support. The ‘Summer of…

Consultation on proposals to tackle waste crime

Last week, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) opened a consultation into proposals to tackle waste crime in England and Wales, blaming criminal activity and poor performance in the waste industry for undermining efforts to improve resource efficiency. DEFRA is consulting on proposals to give the regulators, EA and Natural Resource Wales…

Organic waste recycling operators face £7,000 annual EA fee increase

According to our analysis of the EA’s fee increase proposals, the basic subsistence fee for an IED permitted anaerobic digestion (AD) facility (operating as a reasonable operator in band B) will increase by over 170% from £4,029 to £11,019 from 1st April 2018, if proposed changes to the charging scheme are applied following the current…

Reminder! Annual environmental monitoring data due in New Year

The year’s review of environmental monitoring data and assessment are due for submission to the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales by end of January with performance and pollution inventory data (for installation permits only) due end of February 2018. The annual reviews required by certain environment permits cover significant air, water and waste emission…

The true implications of the EA’s proposed fee increases

Wiser Environment has been reviewing the consultation documents to understand the implications for operators new and old. The documentation is structured in a way that makes direct comparison between proposed and current charges very difficult but whilst we continue to wade through the consultation, we thought it useful to extract some of the key issues….

EA opens consultation on charge proposal

The Environment Agency has opened its consultation on reforming its charges for regulatory and non-regulatory work. As we reported earlier this month, the EA has indicated that its fees may rise significantly to reflect the true cost of delivering its services following the recently undertaken Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC). The EA has given an…