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Timetable set for scrapping waste regulation

A timetable for scrapping waste regulation has been outlined as part of the government’s plans to cut red tape in the environment sector.

DEFRA’s Red Tape Challenge – Environment Theme Implementation Plan updates proposals to simplify existing regulations or remove obsolete rules regarding waste transfer notes, hazardous waste carriers, brokers and dealers, fly-tipping, producer responsibility obligations, WEEE and site waste management plans.

The report outlines a timetable for each regulation area including:

  • The end of the Landfill Allowances Trading Scheme in January.
  • The removal of obsolete rules including the Collection and Disposal of Waste Regulations 1988, the Waste Management Regulations 1997, and the Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008, by October next year.
  • The proposed review of the Producer Responsibility Packaging Regulations and the Producer Responsibility Batteries Regulations, aimed at reducing administration burdens on small businesses, scheduled for January 2014.

In March, the government published the proposed changes to regulations following a consultation which started in March last year.

Some of the proposals outlined in March have been implemented, including bringing into force stronger powers for local authorities and the Environment Agency to seize vehicles suspected of involvement in fly tipping and waste crime. The Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 have also been revised to clarify terminology and responsibilities.

The Red Tape Challenge aims to boost the economy by a £1bn over five years by reducing the amount of regulation.

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