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EA debates interpretation of ECs export regs

A meeting has been called by the Environment Agency (EA) to discuss the interpretation of the ECs Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations today at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

An EA source said: The meeting was set up to discuss how the regulations can be put into practice and the possibility of a UK deferment of the regulations. Clarity is needed about how to make them work in practical terms for those it affects in the UK. It appears that without clarity the regulations could be difficult to implement.

Commodities traders have been ringing the EA for advice because they are concerned about disclosing information about where their waste comes from. It is thought that the brokers could be cut out of the deal if the complete chain is revealed. The widening of responsibility for waste is another concern raised by exporters.

However, some reprocessors are happy with the increased supply chain transparency.
Agyl Environment Polymer Division director Thomas Gere commented: We are noticing that many of our partners and other industry players are not aware of such a change, which is too bad as this is an improvement making the shipping of waste more transparent and will avoid illegal exports.

The transparency promised by the changes would give some reprocessors peace of mind and enable them to keep environment agencies in the UK, Hong Kong and China happy.


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