Waste recovery vs disposal – could you pass the EA test?

Failure to gain approval on Waste Recovery Plans and pass the Environment Agency’s strict recovery vs disposal test can be financially crippling so what can you do to ensure you pass?

The EA substitution test

The Environment Agency’s guidance provides three tests to demonstrate that if waste material was not used, you would get the same outcome by using non-waste material in what’s called the ‘substitution test’:

  • Evidence of financial gain by using non-waste materials
  • Evidence that funding has been secured to cover the expected cost of the work using non-waste
  • Evidence that there is an obligation to do the work, for example being required by a planning condition

The evidence required to demonstrate that one of these options can be met needs to be submitted in a Waste Recovery Plan.

Recent success in EA recovery vs disposal test

Wiser Environment has been successful in satisfying the Environment Agency’s strict recovery vs disposal test, not once but twice in quick succession!

Plans for restoration works including waste recovery

Two separate Waste Recovery Plans have been approved for the restoration of quarries in East Anglia with the permanent deposit for recovery of almost 2 million tonnes of inert waste.

Subject to obtaining environmental permits, the restoration of these sites will increase the area of land in productive agriculture and habitat diversification to support and promote local wildlife.

Find out more

With reuse of waste soils and other inert materials playing a key role in the sustainable restoration of quarries and other sites requiring landscaping, the distinction between recovery and deposit of inert waste is critical. If you have a former quarry or an old landfill site that requires restoration, contact us on 01480 462 232 to discuss opportunities for enhanced restoration through the sustainable use of inert waste materials.

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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.