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Pre-treatment worries

Worried waste management companies and landfill operators have raised concerns about the upcoming pre-treatment of non-hazardous waste regulations recently highlighted by MRW.

Lack of information about the specifics of what they will have to do and how they will have to adapt their operations are creating worries.

One large waste management company representative told MRW that he had not received any information about the upcoming regulations and that as far as he was aware his company had not been involved in any of the stakeholder consultations.

But he feared the implications of the new pre-treatment rules were huge. With a vast number of customers who do not currently sort their waste, he said the company would have to sort out arrangements with each customer individually. The companys current fleet of compaction vehicles were another concern, as under the new rules if vehicles mix sorted and unsorted waste the entire load will be deemed untreated. This will therefore impact on collection rounds.

While the representative felt that the Government might delay the implementation of the regulations in the same way that it has with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, sources closer to the development of the guidelines have said this is unlikely to be the case.

Industry rumours indicate that other large national waste management companies have also yet to sort out a strategy of dealing with these new rules.

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