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Starting the year with a new recruit!

Wiser Environment is pleased to start 2019 with the announcement that we have been joined by a new Junior Consultant. Local resident Josh Freeman joins us with a 2:1 degree in geography and practical experience in the construction industry including on BREEAM and auditing. Russell Hirst, Managing Director, Wiser Group says: “I am delighted to…

EA consults on further changes to its fees

The Environment Agency has published further consultation this week on charges affecting the Environmental Permitting Regulations, Producer Responsibility: WEEE Compliance Schemes and a number of other regulations. The consultation follows previous fee increases implemented in April and October 2018 as a result of the EA’s Strategic Review of Charges (SRoC). The EA aims to make…

Will you be affected by changes to the Environmental Permitting Regulations?

Late last month, DEFRA quietly laid before Parliament the Environmental Protection (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 which are likely to have far reaching consequences for waste sites… The regulations implement a number of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) previous proposals seeking to tackle waste crime and address poor…

Fire conference highlights stakeholder differences

Last week’s Fire Prevention and Control in the Waste and Recycling Industry Conference served to highlight the differences of opinion between the many stakeholders involved in preventing fires in the waste and recycling sector. Wiser Environment’s Andrew Lake spoke at the Conference organised by Let’s Recycle and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) in London…

Wiser speaking at waste industry fire prevention conference

Wiser Environment’s Andrew Lake will be speaking at the Fire Prevention and Control in the Waste and Recycling Industry Conference next week. Organised by Let’s Recycle and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), the conference involves speakers from all the key stakeholders involved in preventing fires in the waste and recycling sector. Senior Consultant, Andrew,…

EA consultation proposes penalties for poor performers

The Environment Agency (EA) has launched its latest consultation on permit compliance proposing stringent financial penalties for poor performers. The consultation, opened mid-September, proposes changes to how permit compliance is assessed and scored to make it clearer and more consistent. The move follows industry feedback that the current Compliance Classification Scheme introduced in 2013 is…

Wiser Recycling opens new WEEE facility

Our sister company, Wiser Recycling, has opened a new Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) in Thetford, South West Norfolk this summer for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from across the East of  England. The site greatly expands Wiser Recycling’s processing capacity and ability to meet the requirements of their wide range of clients –…

Tight deadline for transition to revised PAS100 standard

Earlier this month PAS 100:2018, the revised standard for specification for compost material, was published. With an implementation deadline of 31st December 2018, businesses have less than three months to transition from PAS 100:2011 that it replaces. The key changes to the PAS 100 include: PAS 100:2018 introduces a new ‘compost quality’ clause to make…

EA introduces time and material charges

From today (1st October 2018), the Environment Agency will be charging time and materials following a pollution incident, for assessing information submitted to meet a permit condition and for sites of high public interest. Satisfying permit conditions We understand from the Environment Agency (EA) that they plan to charge for assessment of information submitted to…

EA urges ELVs to get fire prevention plans in place

The Environment Agency has urged end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recyclers to put fire prevention plans in place following the UK’s hot summer and a spate of fires. In 2017, the EA states that there were 24 reported fires at ELV sites, up from 21 in 2016. With above average temperatures and below average rainfall for this…