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Proposed waste management licensing changes out

Proposals for changes to existing waste management licensing exemptions involving hazardous waste are now out for full consultation.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) stated that the proposed revised exemptions cover the management of a range of hazardous wastes from solvents and treated wood to paint and medical waste.

A DEFRA spokesman said: "These additional requirements are in keeping with the need for more specific rules to encourage recovery of waste, to better protect the environment and human health."

For example, the storage of 10,000 litres of certain hazardous and non-hazardous paint for up to six months has been added to facilitate paint collection schemes that redistribute collected paint to community groups.

Additional requirements include improved storage conditions and monitoring procedures. In other cases exemptions have been streamlined or removed.

The changes are proposed for England and Wales, with similar changes to the waste management licensing exemptions relating to hazardous waste in Scotland being considered subject to a separate consultation.

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