Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

BMRA challenges proposed changes to exemption rules

Calls for the Government to abandon changes to waste exemption permits have come from the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA).

The BMRA said that changes suggested by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) risked economic damage to metal recyclers. It said that rather than lightening regulation for businesses during the economic slowdown, the Governments plans would increase the burden.

The organisations concerns were raised in its response to the Government consultation on revising exemptions.

Defra has proposed to reduce the tonnages and types of materials that would be exempt under the new rules. Existing rules allow exemptions for 51,500 tonnes to be handled on site. However, changes would see this reduced to 15,000 tonnes. Wet waste would also cease to be exempt. So any site handling more than 15,000 tonnes or recycling car lead acid batteries would need a permit.

The knock on effect of this is that to get a permit, companies must also have planning consent. Businesses that are exempt only require a certificate of lawful use to operate. Any companies that fall outside the new exemption criteria could be required to apply for planning permission to obtain a permit. This is expected to affect about a quarter of BMRA members.

BMRA director general Lindsay Millington said: Now is not the time to review the metals recycling exemption. There are no environmental benefits to Defras Paragraph 45 suggestions [in the 1994 waste management licensing regulations], only the risk of economic damage to a business sector.

A Defra spokesman said: We will be looking at all the responses to the consultation and considering them.

He said a further industry consultation on exemption to inform guidance would take place in February or March next year and changes to the rules are not expected to come in until October 2009.



 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.