As part of the Cutting Red Tape programme, Government ran a review between July-September 2015 to identify barriers to growth & productivity in the waste sector.The review received evidence from over 100 companies & Trade Associations (including MVDA).
The report from the Cutting Red Tape review of the waste sector has now been published. It details the main issues raised by industry & the Government’s response. It can be found hereAll of the issues raised by MVDA have been acknowledged in the report, including problems with permitting, exemptions, EA inspections, OPRA, TCM/Continuing Competence, & of course illegal operators.
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The review identified numerous issues with waste regulation, including:
• Definition of waste: decisions on whether or not materials are waste or have ceased to be waste are burdensome, costly & time consuming.
• Permitting: the length of time taken to process permit applications, inconsistency between officials & the use and application of ‘standard rules’
• Exemptions: the requirement for registering exemptions for low-risk activities creates unnecessary burdens compared to the levels of risk.
• Inspections: some inspections are being undertaken by officials without the necessary qualifications, experience or training to properly or accurately carry out an assessment. There is also a perceived lack of a risk-based approach to compliance visits and inspections.
In response the Government has said:
• Definition of waste: we will amend guidance to revise & clarify the definition of ‘waste’ & ‘by-products’; the first stage will be completed by March 2016 with the second stage completed by March 2017.
• Permitting: we will start publishing revised guidance for the Environmental Permitting Regime from March 2016, working with business across the sector to investigate the issues & identify root causes of concerns by April 2016, & put an action plan in place to address issues raised in the review by August 2016.
• Exemptions: we will complete an assessment of compliance with exemptions by the end of March 2016 which will inform any subsequent proposal to review existing exemptions; & work to review & streamline the online registration system & deliver initial improvements by June 2016.
• Inspections: we will implement a programme to introduce professional environmental regulator status for staff to ensure inspectors have a broader understanding & knowledge of the challenges facing the sector by March 2016 & engage with businesses on reviewing how the Operational Risk Appraisal system could be improved & further deliver benefits of the ‘earned recognition’ principle by June 2016.
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