Wiser speaking at CARS and Metal Recycling event

Wiser Environment’s Andrew Lake, will be speaking at the Let’s Recycle organised Complete Auto Recycling Show and Metal Recycling Event next month.

Andrew Lake, Senior Consultant, Wiser EnvironmentThe joint event, held in Stoneleigh on 11th and 12th July, includes a two-day conference as well as live demonstrations, training sessions, operational challenges and site tours.

Senior Consultant, Andrew will be speaking on the Wednesday afternoon and looking at what metals recycling facilities need to consider when preparing a fire prevention plan and, critically, get it approved by the Environment Agency.

Having worked on fire prevention plans from both Agency and client side, Andrew has a unique understanding of the practical challenges and regulatory requirements that metals recycling facilities face.

More information about the event can be found here.  The conference programme can be viewed here.

Animal and Plant Health Agency charges come into force

Following a previous consultation, the Animal By-Products and Pet Passport Fees (England) Regulations 2018 were laid on 1st June 2018 and come into force on 30th June 2018. These set out the fees that will be charged by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for initial registration and on-going inspections.

The fees are being phased in over two years with 50% of the final fee being charged in the first year in most cases. Typical fees for an application from a compost or AD plant processing animal by-products is £475 for applications up to 30th June 2019 and £951 for applications after 30th June 2019.

For routine inspections the fees are:

  • £78 (year 1)/ £157 (after 1st year) per visit for annual or biannual inspections
  • £281 (year 1)/ £561 (after 1st year) per year for quarterly inspections
  • £829 (year 1) / £1658 (after 1st year( per year for 12 inspections

For each of the above, the fee includes the first 30 mins of a visit with additional time on site being charged at £8/16 per quarter hour for a veterinary officer or £4/8 per quarter hour for an officer (not a vet).

There will be additional fees for admin and travel.

For sites who are required to register or notify APHA, for example to transport ABP derived composts or digestates, there is no fee for the registration but where APHA visit such registered operators, they would charge them the appropriate routine ‘inspection site visit’ rate shown in Table 2 of the Regulations.

Read the Regulations here.

Group transitioned to new ISO standards

Wiser Group has transitioned to the new ISO 9001 and 14001 standards that were published in September 2015.

ISOQARThe revised quality management and environmental management standards are less prescriptive than their predecessors, are focused more on performance and outcomes and are designed to be easily integrated with other management systems.

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 replace previous editions and registered companies were given up to three years to September 2018 to migrate certificates to the new versions.

Access our new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates.

Wiser Group strives to achieve continual improvement, and to set a precedent for our clients. We are therefore working towards achievement of the newly published ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety standard that replaces the OHSAS 18001 standard to which Wiser is currently certified.

Find out more about the new ISO45001 standard here.  If you require assistance to transition to the new standard, please contact Wiser Environment on 01480 462 232.

How to deal with organised waste crime

Michael Gove has called for evidence on how to deal with organised waste crime.

Criminals that run waste disposal businesses, operating illegal waste sites, fly-tipping and exporting waste illegally undercut legitimate business, blight local communities, pollute the environment and often provide fronts for further illegal activities. Their activity is believed to cost the economy over £600million in England alone.

The Environment Agency discovered more than 850 new illegal waste sites in 2016/17 and shut down an average of two every day but the problem persists.

The call to evidence was launched on 10th June 2018 and is looking for people to have their say on how to crack down on organised crime that profit from illegal waste activities. The review looks at who is involved, the impacts of the crimes and the strategic approach that should be taken to tackle the problem.

Have your say here.

The call for evidence in one of a number of steps the Government is taking to crack down on waste crime. Earlier proposals have included removing exemptions and raising the standards of operator competence which Wiser believes will significantly affect legitimate operators.