New Waste Compliance Taskforce

Comprising of both public and private sector organisations – including the Environment Agency, United Resource Operators Consortium and UK Waste Solutions – the Waste Compliance Taskforce will launch on the 22nd of October. The cross-sector Taskforce aims to provide the waste industry with effective means to tackle and prevent waste crime.

Set to be announced at the Waste Crime Conference on October the 22nd, the Waste Compliance Taskforce – also known as WACT – intends to raise waste crime awareness and mitigate its impact. The Taskforce is a cross-sector forum; combining both the public and private sector perspectives. The Taskforce lists sixteen organisations as members. Members include the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Recoup, United Resource Operators Consortium and UK Waste Solutions.

The Taskforce’s strategy is to provide a platform for working groups to share and gather waste crime intelligence and information. Currently, five specialised working groups form the Waste Compliance Taskforce: landowners, insurance, deposit return scheme, plastic exports and duty of care. The Taskforce outlines that the specialised working groups can uncover policy loopholes and enable regulators to proactively enforce.

Generally, Wiser Environment supports all initiatives that enforce and prevent waste crime. This is because organised waste crime is estimated to cost the UK economy at least £600 million a year. Illegal waste operations are able to avoid compliance standards and sell their services at uncompetitive prices; undercutting and pushing out legitimate and compliant operators from the market.

Importantly, the Taskforce should not be confused with the UK Government’s Joint Unit for Waste Crime. The Joint Unit for Waste Crime is a multi-agency body that incorporates elements of law enforcement agencies, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the police, HMRC and the National Crime Agency. The Joint Unit for Waste Crime supports waste crime enforcement whereas the Waste Compliance Taskforce intends to amplify existing campaigns.

To date – a number of regulators, trade associations, landowners, businesses and charities have endorsed the Taskforce. Unsurprisingly so given the rising waste management costs and increasingly complex legislation. Industry leaders need to stay informed and Wiser Environment can help. As of writing, the Waste Compliance Taskforce has yet to disclose if their forum is open to additional members. However, the team at Wiser do have extensive experience in the field of waste management and are ready to help and support businesses with updates and support. For more information, contact us or call on 01480 462232.

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Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.