We are constantly promised incentives and proportionate regulation to develop better facilities only to find that rules change frequently. Planning continues to be incredibly difficult with seemingly a presumption against waste development; there have been a few notable exceptions so maybe this will improve in 2012.
Within the organic sector, the QP schemes are now established however with Europe trying to come up with a different set of rules for End of Waste (EoW) who knows where standards will end up and add yet more cost.
Currently this is out for consultation but if European Community EoW criteria for composts and digestates enters into force, this will replace the national EoW criteria that any EC Member State has in place.
Now that ‘Dave’ has said used his Veto on Europe maybe DEFRA can do something similar re replacing QP schemes!!
A final plea is to with Business Rates, the government has decided to attack the waste sector with seemingly punitive rates such that RVs in excess of £400k are now common. This is a crazy level of tax especially as local government ends up paying for most of it.
Charlie Trousdell, vice chair of AFOR