Directors climb over 25,000 feet in Pyrenees charity cycle

Last week, the Directors of Wiser Group overcame their latest test in the Summer of Challenges to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

The challenge saw the directors Russell and Dominic Hirst and Charlie Thomas joined by a friend Alistair Whitehead to cycle 400km across the Pyrenees. The ride took in major Tour de France and Vuelta Espania climbs including the Col du Tourmalet, Somport, Portalet and Col d’ Aubisque which the four conquered in an overall ascent of over 25,000 feet. With temperatures around 34 degrees, everyone unsurprisingly found it even tougher than expected!

Russell Hirst, Managing Director says: “The week was a fantastic experience in a most beautiful location as no doubt some of the accompanying photographs will attest. We would like to thank everyone for their positive support and generous donations, particularly as news of the Grenfell Tower fire reached us whilst on the trip and reminded us again of the bravery and high level training of our fire fighters. Planning for our next challenge is underway as we continue to raise funds for this worthy cause”.

The directors have started the week recuperating and watching the donations from family, friends, customers and suppliers reach over £1,000. If you haven’t already and would like to donate, please do so at our Just Giving page.

Avoiding scammers targeting landowners

Last month the Environment Agency and Natural Resource Wales both warned farmers about fraudsters looking to store waste on their sites.

AgricultureFarmers in Lincolnshire were offered cash to take tarmac road planings that they were told could be used to repair roads and farmyards on their land. What they received instead were bales of landfill waste leaving the famers liable for the cost of transporting and disposing of this waste legally.

In Wales, a number of farmers were approached to store refuse derived fuel on their sites. The waste was left and never collected, again leaving the farmers with the clean –up costs.

In light of these incidences, Wiser Environment advises farmers:

  • The storage of waste of any type is tightly controlled. Unless you have a relevant environmental permit in waste, do not accept waste of any type.
  • If you are licenced to store waste, always ensure that any waste you accept comes with the correct paperwork i.e. waste transfer note or consignment note.
  • Ensure that any waste carrier is appropriately licensed i.e. registered with the EA or NRW as a waste carrier and check where the waste has come from.
  • If you are approached by someone who you think could be a scammer, contact the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales and Police immediately.
  • It’s easy to be drawn in by offers of quick money but as they say, if it seems too good to be true, it is too good to be true!  Always take time to consider a storage proposal before accepting it and check out the credentials of any potential customer.

If you have any questions regarding your legal obligations, call Wiser Environment on 01480 462 232.

Recruiting Senior Consultant – join our fast growing team!

Wiser Environment is recruiting a Senior Consultant in permitting and technical services to join our fast growing environmental consultancy.

In this role, you will provide technical and legal expertise on environmental permit and planning applications, managing a team to produce high standard, high quality documents to support application processes and concise reports to clients. You will help develop new business and client relationships as well as supporting more junior members of the team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in an environmental subject
  • 5 years minimum experience in the waste management/recycling industry and/or relevant regulatory authority and/or environmental consultancy
  • 5 years minimum experience in producing permit applications and/or contaminated land reports and/or waste planning applications
  • 5 years minimum experience in conducting legal compliance audits and other management system audit processes

An independent environmental consultancy, we are a close knit team that works very closely with our clients that range from recycling and waste management companies to facilities managers and professional services. We value our staff and the quality service they deliver to our clients and provide a flexible and encouraging working environment.

As a Wiser Environment consultant you will be based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire and service clients across the UK.

If you are looking for a new opportunity and challenge for 2017, download the job description here and send your CV and a covering letter to info@wisergroup.co.uk.

No agencies please.

Deadline approaches for recyclers wishing to continue accepting CATs

The deadline is fast approaching for metal recyclers wishing to continue to accept catalytic converters to obtain a new permit that covers the relevant waste code following the reclassification of catalytic converters las year.

Catalytic converters that contain, or may contain refractory ceramic fibre (RCF) matting are now classified as hazardous waste. Businesses disposing of catalytic converters must use the list of waste code 16 01 21* on consignment notes and waste returns.

If your permit doesn’t allow you to accept waste with the list of waste code 16 01 21* you must apply to vary your permit if you want to continue to accept catalytic converters.

The Environment Agency has issued a temporary RPS (RPS200) to facilitate this. The RPS will end on 31st August 2017 and you must apply to vary your permit by this date.