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The EA’s consultation to revise or remove certain healthcare waste standard rules permits will close on the 10th of May

Heads up to those working with healthcare waste permits. The EA’s consultation to revise or remove certain healthcare waste standard rules permits will close on the 10th of May.

We recommend you submit a response – https://lnkd.in/dp9m-CB

The consultation proposes significant changes to SR2008 No:24: 75Kte clinical waste and healthcare waste transfer station permit. Changes include:

– a reduction in the total annual waste storage from 75,000 tonnes per year to just 5,000. Plus, the maximum quantity of haz and non-haz waste to be stored at any one time will be limited to 10 and 20 tonnes respectively

– reduced storage times for offensive, infectious, anatomical and other healthcare wastes on-site

Plus, the EA intends to remove existing standard rules permits SR2008 No.25 and SR2013 No.1 #healthcare #wastemanagement #environment

The EA has approved our restoration designs for the Elstow Landfill

This week, the EA has approved our restoration designs for Elstow Landfill’s southern facing slope. Our teams working on this complicated project have done a superb job simultaneously provided environmental protection and commercial value – big shout out to Graeme Outridge BSc (Hons) MRWM PIEMA ACSM, Josh Freeman and Clara Robinson!

Our restoration design protects the local community by introducing a slacker slope that will maintain stability, halts the production of potentially polluting leachate through engineered capping and reduces local carbon footprint with the installation of solar panels and other green technologies.

We look forward to seeing the Elstow Landfill develop into an exciting green energy innovation park. #renewableenergy #restoration #environment

Wiser Environment celebrates Earth Day 2021

Today, Wiser Environment is celebrating Earth Day 2021! Earth Day takes a moment to recognise our environmental achievements, challenge us to create a sustainable future and mobilises to get involved in protecting our planet. Earth Day history Earth Day was set up in 1970 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Previously, the damage inflicted upon…

The EA to launch a consultation on TCM attendance requirements

The EA are set to launch a consultation on attendance requirements for technically competent managers.

Currently – TCM attendance is decided via an outdated OPRA system that calculates your site’s complexity, location and emissions.

The alternatives presented in the consultation will include TCM attendance based on charge bands or just a standardised percentage of operational hours. We expect the consultation to go live in mid-May.

If you have any questions or would like to join our consultation response, then get in touch. #WAMITAB #wastemanagement

Errors with the EA’s annual subsistence invoicing

Heads up to all waste operations and installations – we are hearing that there has been an error with the Environment Agency’s annual subsistence invoicing.

Over 3,000 sites across England have been wrongly invoiced for their 2021/22 subsistence fee. There is a chance your business is one of them. So, double-check your annual invoice from the EA.

We understand that the EA has mistakenly used 2019’s compliance ratings to work out the subsistence fee rate for sites. #environment #compliance

The EA has confirmed that it does not have the resources needed to respond to all environmental incidents

The EA has confirmed that it does not have the resources needed to respond to all environmental incidents. Instead, the regulator will focus on areas that pose a significant risk to people or wildlife.

In a blog post, the EA’s chief executive – Sir James Bevan – explains why this is the case. Reasoning that the demands placed upon the Agency have outpaced its budget over the last few years.

A second consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging is now live

A second consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging is now live. The Consultation Document focuses on specific policy proposals for its introduction, including the scope of full net costs, producer obligations, scheme governance, regulation of the scheme, and packaging waste recycling targets.

Defra aims to create a scheme that incentivises producers to design packaging that is easy to recycle and ensure that they pay the full net cost of managing this packaging once it becomes waste.

The packaging changes are being developed on a UK-wide basis, while the DRS will cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A separate scheme is already under way in Scotland.

Government hopes these reforms will boost recycling, tackle plastic pollution and reduce litter in what it’s calling an ‘overhaul’ the waste and resources sector.

The powers in the Government’s Environment Bill set out to make manufacturers more responsible for the packaging they produce and incentivise consumers to recycle more.