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 liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and cathode ray tubes (CRTs). ICER found that the level of POPs is higher than what is allowed by current regulations.

As a result, those WEEE streams are now deemed hazardous and must be classified with an appropriate European Waste Code. The Regulatory Position Statement 228 provides a limited time frame for currently permitted sites to add those relevant waste codes to their permit. The Statement will be withdrawn on 31st July 2020.

In response to Regulatory Position Statement 228, Wiser Environment is in contact with the Policy Advisor at the Environment Agency. We are seeking clarifications on the following points:

  1. The Statement does not appear to address how this may apply to those sites who use Waste Exemptions. For example, those operating under an S2 Waste Exemption (storing waste in a secure place).
  2. There appear to be inconsistencies in the European Waste Codes (EWC). This is because the Environment Agency is suggesting that mixed loads of plastic casings from display equipment must be re-coded as 16 02 15* or 16 02 16.

We will provide an update when we get a response to our clarifications.

As environmental legislation becomes increasingly complex, it is important that industry managers stay well-informed. At Wiser Environment, we have a team of highly-skilled and knowledgeable environmental consultants. If you have any questions or queries about the latest updates to environmental legislation, then contact us or call our team 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.