Waste Management Plan for England

Defra is currently hosting a public consultation on the waste management plan for England. The purpose of the consultation is to ensure that the Plan will fulfil the obligations of the Waste Regulations 2011. To help operators understand how the waste management plan for England may impact them, Wiser Environment explains how the waste controls apply.

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Duty of Care for WEEE POPs

The EA have sent duty of care for WEEE POPs guidance to WEEE operators across England; highlighting appropriate measures operators to correctly handle POPs.

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ISO 45001: transitioning from OHSAS 18001 to the new standard

What is ISO 45001? ISO 45001 is the new occupational health & safety management systems standard published in March 2018. It replaces the current standard OHSAS 18001:2007 which is being withdrawn. The new ISO standard has been developed in line with the International Labour Organization’s international labour standards and conventions. On launch it was billed…

POPs in WEEE - found in CRTs and LCDs

POPs in WEEE – hazardous waste reclassification

On 20th June 2019, the EU clarified their determinations on the regulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (2019/1021). Specifically, the EU has adopted stricter rules on the disposal of waste containing POPs which includes waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).  POPs plastics must now be disposed of via thermal treatment to minimise their risk to…

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EPR amends may have far reaching consequences

In late November 2018, DEFRA quietly laid before Parliament the Environmental Protection (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018. Despite the lack of fanfare accompanying their introduction, the amendments are likely to have far reaching consequences for waste sites… The regulations implement a number of proposals made by the Department for the Environment, Food and…

new Environment Agency charging scheme starts to bite when invoices land on desks

New EA charges start to bite

Businesses are starting to feel the effects of the Environment Agency’s new charging scheme as invoices from the regulator land on desks. Despite receiving advance warning of the changes, the reality of 3-fold or more increases is proving shocking to many. Where it all began In late 2017, the Environment Agency undertook a consultation in…