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Hazardous waste site registration to end

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed that premises in England producing more than 500kg a year of hazardous waste will no longer have to register.

From 1 April, companies will indicate their business name in the consignment note code instead of a premises or exempt code.

The changes do not affect Wales, where businesses will still be required to register with Natural Resources Wales.

A Q&A document from the EA, published by 360 Environmental, says Defra introduced the change as part of its Smarter Environmental Regulation Review (Serr).

The document says: “Businesses that produce or store hazardous waste will benefit, the savings being both in registration fees and in administration time. The Government asked us to find a solution to enable traceability of waste movements solely on the basis on the information sent in the consignee returns.”

The parts of the regulations that affect mobile services are also being revoked so the producer of the waste should use their company details to form the first six characters of the consignment note code.

In a post on Twitter, Environmental Services Association (ESA) policy adviser Roy Hathaway said he had raised with the EA and Defra his members’ questions about consequent changes to consignment notes.

The ESA is concerned about a loss of traceability when premises registration goes.

Defra said in November 2014 that a rewrite of environmental regulations affecting businesses, as part its Serr programme, would be completed by March 2015.

It said at the time that businesses would find the new system “simpler, quicker and clearer to find the information they need to be able to comply with environmental regulations”.

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