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Obtaining a Local Area Agreement

Obtaining a Local Area Agreement can be the solution to help waste sites maintain compliance during unprecedented circumstances. At a local level and on a case-by-case basis, an agreement is made between the operator and the regulator. Wiser Environment has experience in negotiating these agreements on behalf of the waste operator; considering them to be…

Possibility for temporary landfill monitoring arrangements during COVID-19

Wiser Environment understands that the Environment Agency will take a pragmatic approach to landfill monitoring compliance whilst the COVID-19 restrictions are in force. Government advice is to cease unnecessary travel which may impact on the ability of operators to conduct monitoring activities. A temporary reduction in compliance will be agreed on a case by case…

COVID-19: Update for clients and suppliers

In response to the worldwide developments of COVID-19, the whole waste and resource industry is dealing with it as best as they can. From robust continuity planning to proactive collaboration with partners, this industry is going to come out of the other end of this crisis stronger. In likewise fashion, the following is Wiser Environment’s…

Maintaining technical competence throughout the COVID-19 outbreak

As a result of published Government guidance on COVID-19, Continuing Competence test centres will close. This will have a knock-on effect for Technically Competent Managers (TCMs) who are set to renew their technical competence. Accordingly, Wiser Environment is communicating with relevant regulatory bodies and persuading them to take a pragmatic approach. What is Technical Competence?…

COVID-19 could cause delays for the National Permitting Service

Following the Government’s guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all workplaces are encouraged to enable their employees to work at home. For that reason, the majority of the Environment Agency has followed suit and are now working remotely. Wiser Environment expects that to be the case until June. Throughout the country, the virus is leading to many…

COVID-19 update from the Wiser Group

The Wiser Group continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. As always, the safety of Wiser’s employees, customers and partners is a top priority. In line with Government advice, the following is the Wiser Group’s current approach to COVID-19: What the Wiser Group is doing Wiser continues to review Government and NHS advice, and also practices…

Murfitts Industries achieves ISO 14001 & 9001 certifications

Murfitts Industries has obtained the ISO 14001 and 9001 certifications. This further establishes them as an organisation with effective environmental management systems and a strong customer focus. The certification audit was performed by the BSI Group and completed successfully. For close to a decade, Wiser Environment has been working closely with the UK ‘s leading…

The Environment Agency leads a multi-agency body to tackle waste crime

The Environment Agency has joined forces with other enforcement agencies to tackle waste crime. Principally, this unit has set its sights on cracking down on fly-tipping, illegal waste sites and fraud. Compliant waste operators should welcome this long-overdue shake-up. Organised waste crime is estimated to cost the UK economy at least £600 million a year…

Impending WEEE changes for retailers and wholesalers

Retailers and wholesalers need to be aware of the latest developments of the Distributor Take Back Scheme. Crucially, they will now need to start preparing for an in-store alternative for their customer’s old household appliances. The Wiser Group is ready and available to provide compliance advice, links to producer compliances schemes, WEEE collections and recycling….

Regulatory Position Statement 228 – storing & treating waste plastic produced from processing WEEE

On the 23rd December 2019, the Environment Agency published a Regulatory Position Statement 228. This Statement addresses concerns regarding the potential for some waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) plastics to contain persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling (ICER) researched plastics from different WEEE streams. These include plastics found in…