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

EA pleased with High Court verdict

The Environment Agency (EA) has welcomed a High Court ruling which dismissed two cases where companies attempted to change rules on burning certain wastes.

Eventually, the EA were awarded costs, but both Solvent Resource Management (SRM) and OSS Group wanted to show that when some streams are used as fuel they should not be classed as waste.

While the two have now been given leave to appeal, the EA welcomed the decision that could have had massive implications for the burning of waste if it had gone the other way.

EA head of waste regulation Liz Parkes said: Both SRM and OSS Group wanted to show that some types of waste, which are processed and can be used as a fuel, should cease to be waste before they are burnt.

If OSS and SRM were allowed to reclassify certain processed wastes as non-waste, this would have allowed material to be burnt as fuel without the checks and balances that are stipulated under the Waste Incineration Directive (WID). We feel that the stringent criteria under the WID for any process which burns waste, is an important factor in minimising risks to the environment and human health.

The EA official stated that it is a very complex area of environmental law and while the agency has taken great care to adopt an appropriate position, this has attracted criticism.

We are therefore very pleased that our understanding of the law has been supported by the court, and in the clearest of terms, she added.


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.