• Summary of EU landfill tax rates

    Although dated 2015 the following document provides an interesting insight into the landfill taxes paid by each EU Member State. The document shows the countries that have introduced a tax on waste sent to landfills and details how much they pay.

    There is a slight variation regarding the waste types covered by the landfill tax, but overall the variation is not large between countries. Landfill Tax is charged on construction and inert waste, residues, hazardous waste and biodegradable waste. …

  • Operation rogue trader

    As part of a crime prevention initiative, a co-ordinated approach by the Department of Work and Pensions, Environment Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, the DVLA, the DVSA, Border Force and Scambusters was implemented to catch rogue traders and protect innocent members of the public being victims of crime. On the 13th April 2016 over 200 road side checks of vehicles and site visits were carried out.

    The joint operation is ran by Operation Liberal, the national intelligence unit (whose remit …

  • CIWM publishes Fighting Waste Crime Guide

    As part of its campaign against waste crime the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) recently published a guide to fighting waste crime. Included in the document is an outline of the Duty Of Care resonsibilties for waste handlers and producers and an insight into both the criminal implications and financial penalties incurred by those who do not comply with the legislation and operate illegally.

    Incorporating knowledge and expertise from waste industry regulators and lawyers the …

  • Defra Publishes Waste and Resource Statistics 2016 edition

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published revised key statistics for 2016 from the waste and resources sector. The Digest of waste and resource statistics is a compendium of statistics on a range of waste and resource areas, based on data published mainly by Defra, WRAP, the Environment Agency, Office for National Statistics and Eurostat.

    They are collated in this Digest for ease of use. The various sets of data are not all for the same time periods but the …

  • Update on the Waste & Recycling Sector Red Tape Review

    The waste and recycling sector cutting red tape review forms part of a pledge by the Government to make a saving of £10bn during the lifetime of its parliament by reducing the cost of regulation in a bid to boost productivity and support British businesses.

    UK businesses, trade associations and industry experts were asked to give feedback on where regulation causes barriers to growth, innovation and productivity in the waste sector.

    Feedback was gathered from discussions, workshops and …

  • Updated Hazardous Waste Consignment Note pages published on .gov website

    The updated pages provide detail on new guidance effective from 1 April 2016 including the removal of premises code registration, changes to the Hazardous Waste Consignment Note code and the requirement to allocate the 2007 SIC code to detail the process that created the waste. From 1 April 2016 it will not be necessary for UK businesses to register their property as a producer of Hazardous Waste with the Environment Agency.

    The new consignment note code will comprise of the first 6 letters …

  • Defra publishes new updated Waste Duty of Care code of practice

    The new Waste Duty Of Care Code of Practice covers England and Wales and is applicable if you produce, carry, keep, dispose of, treat, import or have control of waste & gives guidance on how to comply with the Waste Duty of Care Requirements.

    Updated Waste Duty Of Care guidance was published on the 11th of March. The guidance has been shortened to an easier to read, less detailed 13 page version to replace the previous lengthy 60 page version. Updated sections include new guidance on the …

  • Recycling Trio Get Skills Boost At Middlesbrough College

    THREE employees of recycling and hazardous waste handling firm Total Recycling Services have accelerated their careers with apprenticeships through Middlesbrough College.

    Andrew Challis, 27, from Darlington, and Matthew Seaman, 24, from Billingham, have both embarked on a Level 3 qualification in Waste Management, while their colleague, Richard Graham, 42, from Darlington, is working towards a Level 2 qualification. The trio were all employed at the growing Darlington-based firm before …

  • Changes to Premises Registration and the Consignment Note Number format

    Two aspects of the hazardous waste regulations are changing on 1 April 2016

    Producers of hazardous waste in England will no longer need to notify their premises with the Environment Agency.

    The format of the unique consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change.

    Premises code registration

    If you produce or store 500kg or more of hazardous waste per year you will NO LONGER need to register your premises with the Environment Agency from 1 April 2016.

    A …

  • £6.7m Business Growth Fund investment

    We are pleased to officially announce that we have been successful in securing a £6.7m investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

    With the backing of the BGF our aim is to accelerate growth and explore further opportunities to develop our range of services and establish new client relationships.

    We are the fourth North East based business that the BGF has backed in the last 12 months including Chemoxy, Altec Engineering and Broadband Satellite Services.

    We have appointed Ross …