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Category Archives: Environmental Permitting

Consultation on the appropriate measures for the biological treatment of waste

The Environment Agency welcomes contribution from the industry with their consultation on the appropriate measures for the biological treatment of waste. The EA suggest that their proposed guidance will help inform operators of which appropriate measures are relevant to biological treatment facilities. The Environment Agency (EA) are seeking comments on the proposed amendments to the…

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…

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…

Site status check during COVID-19 pandemic

Alongside the Environment Agency’s operational update, the local Environment Agency departments are performing a site status check. The check will request information on a site’s operational status and its business continuity plans. The Wiser Environment team is ready and available to help operators correspond with their regulators. On the 3rd April, the Environment Agency (EA)…

RPS C2: Exceeding waste storage limits due to COVID-19

To help businesses cope with COVID-19 disruptions, the Environment Agency has published a temporary regulatory position statement. This statement authorises sites who are restricted by COVID-19 to exceed their waste storage limits. For assistance in confirming arrangements, talk to Wiser Environment. Coming off the back of the Environment Agency’s (EA) Operational Update, the EA has…

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…

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…