Spring budget announcements on waste policy

Chancellor, Philip Hammond, had a busy budget week earlier this month making a number of pronouncements around waste policy:

  • Packaging targets will be set at the highest rate outlined in the recent consultation, varying options were set out in the consultation document but Government has opted for the highest option of 75.4% by 2020 up from the current rate of 65%.
  • There will be a consultation around the imposition of landfill tax on illegal disposal of waste starting 20th March 2017 in an effort to challenge the waste crime that is having an increasing impact on local authorities and other land owners.
  • The Landfill Communities Fund will remain at £39.3million and the operator contributions cap will be raised to 5.3%, the fund allows landfill owners to pay a proportion of their landfill tax liability to community and environmental organisations.
  • Landfill tax rates from 1st April 2018 will be set at £88.95 per tonne for standard rate and £2.80 per tonne for lower rate material, the current rate is £84.40 and £2.65 respectively.

If you are concerned about the effects of the recent pronouncements on your business, please contact Wiser Environment on 01480 462 232.

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Accreditations

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.