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.

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Accreditations

Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.