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CIWM criticises ‘inadequate’ red tape proposals

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has criticised the Government’s ’Cutting Red Tape’ proposals for not adequately addressing waste sector concerns, although it has welcomed some elements.

On 3 March, business secretary Sajid Javid announced measures to cut £10bn of unnecessary regulations following consultation which included the waste sector.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has welcomed some of the measures, but warned that enforcement was the key when it came to regulation.

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said the Government’s response ignored “significant and ongoing” cuts to the budget of the Environment Agency (EA).

“The review does not adequately address key issues identified by CIWM members during the consultation,” he said. “There is concern that the streamlining process and the move to www.gov.uk has adversely affected the quality and availability of waste-related guidance, and the issue of enforcement is also a critical one.

“The CIWM has called for better and smarter enforcement in a number of areas including Duty of Care, but enforcement capability is inextricably linked to resources.”

Lee (pictured) welcomed Javid’s pledge for Defra to publish ’business-focused’ guidance into the definition of waste and revised guidance for the environmental permitting regime.

He was also encouraged by the review’s suggestion of reform to the PRN system, which responders to the consultation said lacked incentive for waste recovery companies to sell to UK recyclers.

Javid’s review also said it would update its inspection criteria by June, making fewer visits to operators with a good track record, something Lee also welcomed.

Lee also backed Javid’s focus on improving the regulation of waste Duty of Care requirements, which the CIWM and the ESA are also pushing through their ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign.

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