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Prediction of chaos before hazardous waste regulations come in

A last minute rush to ensure compliance with the new Hazardous Waste regulations is being predicted by Automotive Waste Solutions (AWS).

With the new regulations coming into force on July 16, the firm is expecting many of the 20,000 sites related to the automotive industry to struggle.

AWS commercial director Graham Gibson said: "AWS has found that many dealerships, bodyshops and autocentres are unaware of the impending changes and the likely penalties for breaking the law. This is worrying considering the new legislation comes into force in the middle of next month."

The company is warning that one of the most fundamental changes is that every site producing more than 200kg of hazardous waste will need to register with the Environment Agency (EA).

Although there will be no need anymore to pre-notify the EA of hazardous waste production or removal, under the regulations the producer and collector of hazardous waste will have a dedicated identification number that must be quoted on every piece of paperwork associated with a waste collection.

The EA will also have the power to issue on the spot fines of up to £300 to sites that are in breach of the law.

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