Category Archives: Environmental Permitting

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

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.

The EA has updated their service standards

he EA has updated their service standards. These standards set out the level of customer service operators can expect from the regulator. The update confirms that the EA’s response time to enquiries and complaints has been extended from 10 working days to 20 working days. The EA explains that this is a temporary change whilst their teams adapt to new ways of working and respond to incidents.

The EA are still assessing compliance on waste sites

As this current lockdown continues, it is important to remember that the EA are still assessing compliance on waste sites. For the majority of sites, the EA will conduct their CAR form inspection remotely.

So – expect your EA officer to ask for photos of your site, evidence of record-keeping, a telephone discussion with your TCM and more. Above all, your site’s compliance rating will impact how much your yearly subsistence fee is. The better your compliance rating the cheaper your subsistence fee is.