This week has seen two further Wiser Environment produced Fire Prevention Plans (FPPs) being approved by the Environment Agency (EA).
These Plans supported Environmental Permit applications for a Waste Transfer operation in Yorkshire and a WEEE treatment site in Northamptonshire. The WEEE treatment site, in particular, required extended discussion with the EA, the Fire Service and Anglian Water as the site deviated from the latest version of the FPP Guidance in several aspects.
Wiser continues to have a 100% success rate in getting FPPs approved and understands the complexities of the EAs approach to these documents. If you wish to discuss FPP please contact us on 01480 462 232.
Wiser Recycling has won a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice 2016 in the Green Organisation’s annual campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.
Competing against over 500 nominations, our sister company won the award for their innovative approach and investment in process equipment for small electrical appliances, which broadened their capabilities in WEEE treatment.
Wiser Recycling was presented with a trophy and certificate at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on Friday.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
Russell Hirst, Managing Director says: “We are delighted to have won this award and be recognised for our forward-thinking approach to innovation and sustainable development.”
The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
This award win comes on the back of Wiser Recycling being a finalist in the MRW Awards for Excellence earlier this year.
The Environment Agency has recently issued new guidance on how operations involving the deposit of inert materials on land are classified. This update follows the outcome of a court case involving Tarmac at the end of 2015 at which the currency of EAs previous guidance, RGN 13 Defining waste recovery – permanent deposit of waste on land was called into question.
The distinction between recovery and deposit of inert waste is important for the restoration of quarries and other landscaping uses. If the restoration of a quarry could be shown to be a recovery operation then it is not a landfill and the strictures of the Landfill Directive would not apply. In the Tarmac case the court found that the EA should have issued a recovery permit for the restoration of a Quarry. The Court found that if an obligation, such as a Planning Permission imposed by a regulator required the restoration of a quarry the substitution of suitable waste material was automatically a recovery operation unless there was evidence that the regulator would not insist on compliance with the obligation. Previously the EA required an applicant to demonstrate that the restoration could be carried out with a non-waste if the waste material was not available prior to accepting the operation as a recovery one.
The new Waste Recovery Guidance updates the EA’s positon in line with this judgement and has potentially significantly implications for the restoration of quarries and other sites using inert waste to complete landscaping or noise bunds. Although it is yet to be seen how the guidance will work in practice it would appear that many quarry restorations will now be done via a recovery permit rather than potentially a landfill (deposit) one.
If you wish to discuss the implications of this new guidance please contact us on 01480 462 232.