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Category Archives: News

National Permitting Service delays set to continue into 2021

As the National Permitting Service continues to adapt to the COVID-19 new-normal, the team at Wiser Environment have been taking proactive steps. In response to Environment Agency permit application delays, the Wiser Environment permitting team have taken the following actions: maintain high-quality permit submissions, effective regulator communication and hold the Environment Agency to account. In…

Expiry dates for COVID-19 regulatory position statements

To minimise COVID-19 related disruption to the environment and human health, the Environment Agency has published a catalogue of temporary regulatory position statements. Upon evaluation, many of these time-limited statements have had their expiry dates extended. Wiser Environment has reviewed each COVID-19 regulatory position statements and listed their expiry date. To make the most of…

Continuing Competence Test centres open

Returning after the UK lockdown, Continuing Competence Test centres are now open. The Environment Agency has given TCMs until the 30th of September to renew their competence. Wiser Environment urges operators to book their test ahead of time and attend an accredited revision session. In March 2020, Wiser Environment provided guidance on how technically competent…

Wiser Environment celebrates World Environment Day!

Wiser Environment is celebrating World Environment Day. Since 1972, the event has been celebrated every year on the 5th of June. In 2020, Colombia will be the host. Promoting environmental awareness, the event engages businesses, governments and the public on tackling pressing environmental issues. Time for nature The UN General Assembly first established World Environment…

The advantages of a remote IMS audit

Future-proofing businesses, Wiser Environment highlights the many advantages of a remote IMS audit. COVID-19 has had an unintentional positive impact on the IMS auditing sector.  Movement restrictions have compelled conformity assessment bodies to utilise remote auditing methods. As a result, businesses are now receiving a service that has greater added value and specialisation. Shaking up…

Remote WAMITAB Assessment: Achieve a level 4 award from home

To help support operators improve their technical competence, the Wiser Training Assessment Centre has established a remote WAMITAB assessment program. Due to COVID-19, many operators are now on furlough and are no longer actively working on their site. During this time, these operators can continue to study towards their Level 4 operator competence award. Furthermore,…

WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package

To help stabilise the WEEE industry, the Compliance Fee Advisory Panel has agreed to offer operators financial support. £5.6 million is now available through the WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package. Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) can apply for a grant or loan sum based on WEEE tonnage treated in the 2019 compliance period. The…

Reopening HWRCs during COVID-19

Since movement restrictions have been in place, many HWRCs have been closed. Consequently, this has had an adverse effect on the public and the environment with fly-tipping incidents increasing. Wiser Environment understands that several operators and industry bodies are keen to push forward with the reopening of HWRCs. To prevent causing harm, HWRCs will seek…