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Industry body highlights compliance test deadline

Waste site operators have been warned that time is running out to complete Environment Agency (EA) assessments of technical competence.

Waste operators have to take the EA test to prove competency every two years.

Steve Lee

Steve Lee (left), chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, tweeted: “The EA has written to 1,000 permitted waste sites asking how they have demonstrated tech comp. Gave 2 months to respond. Time running out”.

The EA say the exact numbers, as of early February, were 1,181 operators who had not provided evidence of continuing competence is across England and Wales - at that time almost 20% of site operators.

The deadline for returning the current tests is in April, but the exact date depends on the date of the EA’s reminder letter.

In a statement, Lee added: “There is no excuse for anyone to miss this deadline. The test only takes half an hour, and it can be booked in advance through WAMITAB. There are test centres all over the UK so any travel should be relatively straightforward.

“This sector has worked hard to improve its professionalism and image… Practice makes perfect, and maintaining high standards whilst keeping on top of changing legislation, policy and technologies is vital.”



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