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Delay in hazardous waste causes confidence to drop

By Rebecca Thyer

The delay in implementing the hazardous waste regulations has caused industry to lose confidence, according to Cleanaway regulatory affairs director Gill Weeks.

I had been certain that the draft regulations would have been out by now, she told delegates at last weeks MRW-organised Hazardous Waste conference.

Onyx technical support manager David Reynolds added that clarity was required for investment. He said: Let us not forget that in 1994 two merchant wet oxidisation plants were built. Both were built for liquid waste that would be displaced by the Landfill Directive. Both shut down due to lack of inputs.

Weeks said it had taken an unbelievable length of time to get close to implementing the Hazardous Waste Directive. And it is worse than I thought. She told delegates that when moving offices recently she had found a press release from 1999 from the then Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions stating that changes to the Special Waste Regulations were expected soon.

She blamed the delay on a lack of legal resources available to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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