Waste Framework Directive

The European Commission has issued guidance (lexisurl.com/iema13098) on interpreting key provisions of the EU Directive on waste (2008/98/EC), commonly known as the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). The WFD, which came into force on 12 December 2010, introduced new provisions to boost waste prevention and recycling as part of a waste hierarchy. The commission says national authorities and stakeholders have raised many questions regarding the interpretation and application of the WFD since the Directive was introduced. The new guidance aims to help authorities and waste operators better understand the legislation.

New Guidance – Hazardous Waste

Revised HWR03 guidance has been published by the Environment Agency, following amendments to the Hazardous Waste Regulations in September 2011. To improve the clarity of the guidance, the agency has split HWR03 into two sections : HWR03a (lexisurl.com/iema13096), which provides step-by-step advice on completing the five parts of a consignment note for standard and multiple collections; and HWR03b (lexisurl.com/iema13097), which gives further advice for those involved in moving hazardous waste by pipeline, across internal UK borders or from ships.

Latest Consultations : EU Noise Directive / Policy

The European Commission is consulting on the strengths and weakness of EU environmental noise legislation, particularly Directive 2002/49/EC on assessing and managing environmental noise (END). This consultation is part of a follow-up process to the first implementation report on the END, which was published in June 2011.

lexisurl.com/iema13085

Latest Guidance : Waste

New guidance (lexisurl.com/iema12915) setting out its regulatory position on low-risk waste activities has been published by the Environment Agency. It lists (appendix A) a number of activities – including storing clinical waste, electrical equipment and road sweepings in a secure container, building or place – that are considered low risk and therefore do not require an environment permit. The agency advises that the guidance must be read alongside its published enforcement and prosecution policy ( see lexisurl.com/iema12981)

The guidance only applies to England and Wales.

Latest Consultation : Emissions permitting rules

The Environment Agency has issued a consultation on some new and revised sets of standard rules and generic risk assessments in relation to activities that will become installations under the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EC), which comes into force at the start of 2013.

www.lexisurl.com/iema12910

Latest Consultations – Integrated regulation

Plans for integrated framework for environmental regulation have been put out to consultation by the Scottish Government. The proposals include changes to the structure of existing environmental protection legislation to create a new, integrated framework for the permissions (licences, permits, rules etc) that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) uses to control activities that may harm the environment. Changes to the enforcement tools that SEPA uses to deter non-compliance are also planned.

www.lexisurl.com/iema12629

New Health and Safety Fees for Northern Ireland

New legislation: The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
Who does this affect: Northern Ireland
When does this change take place: 30th July 2012

These Regulations revoke and re-enact current fee setting provisions in nearly all of fixed-fee cases with increased rates. The level of fees is intended to ensure that, so far as possible, full cost recovery is achieved in respect of the specified statutory functions linked to health and safety. The fees are increased in line with the rate of inflation and/or are necessary to bring the fees to full economic cost at current levels.

The full text of the Regulations can be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 August 2012

Consultation on Regulations for Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are inviting views on draft Regulations relating to mandatory reporting of greenhouse gasses by UK quoted companies.
The draft Regulations require that from next year, all companies listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange must report on their emissions of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, nitrous oxide, perflurorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride) within their annual directors’ report.

The consultation will end on 17 October 2012.

Further information can be found here.

Source: http://www.defra.gov.uk/

Published: 01 August 2012

Wildlife and Natural Environment Modifications in Scotland

New legislation: The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2012
Who does this affect: Scotland
When does this change take place: 2nd July 2012

This Order makes consequential modifications to primary and secondary legislation in connection with the commencement of provisions of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 on 2nd July 2012.

The full text of the Regulations can be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 August 2012

Corrections made to Waste Regulations

New legislation: The Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
Amended legislation: The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011
Who does this affect: England and Wales
When does this change take place: 1st October 2012
These Regulations make corrections to the 2011 Regulations so that they have fully transposed provisions of the revised Waste Framework Directive relating to the separate collection of waste paper, metal, plastic and glass.

The Amendment Regulations replace regulation 13 of the 2011 Regulations so as to impose a duty on establishments and undertakings, from 1 January 2015, for the separate collection of waste paper, metal, plastic and glass. It also imposes a duty on waste collection authorities, from that date, when making arrangements for the collection of such waste, to ensure that those arrangements are by way of separate collection. These duties apply where separate collection is “necessary” to ensure that waste undergoes recovery operations in accordance with the Directive and to facilitate or improve recovery; and where it is “technically, environmentally and economically practicable”. Where such collection is not so necessary or not so practicable the duties relating to separate collection do not apply, and collection may accordingly be by other means. The duties apply to waste classified as waste from households and waste that is classified as commercial or industrial waste.

The full text of the Regulations can be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Published: 01 August 2012

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