At the top of the list, we have DCLG’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme, potentially significant revisions to PPS10, a draft of the National Waste Management Plan, and the outcome of the Red Tape Challenge, which it seems could impact on the Duty of Care regime.
The timescales are tight for all these policy developments and one of the important tasks will be keeping track and ensuring that the industry’s views are heard. Recent meetings between CIWM and relevant Government departments have highlighted that officials are keen to engage and tap into our sector’s knowledge and experience and CIWM will be working hard to facilitate this dialogue in the coming months.
As already implemented budget cuts really start to bite and further cost cutting measures are planned, the spotlight will focus more closely than ever on local authority service delivery and quality. Efficiency savings and joint working will, therefore, be one of the key themes at the CIWM conference in June 2012, with the aim of sharing knowledge and good practice.
The end of February will also see the deadline for operators of permitted waste sites to demonstrate that they are technically competent. CIWM’s current assessment of the uptake of the Continuing Competence test suggests that there could be a significant shortfall in the number of people who have taken the test compared to the number of sites. With the Environment Agency stepping up its compliance monitoring activities in this area, operators will need to move quickly to ensure that they have technically competent staff.
Steve Lee, chief executive, Chartered Institute for Waste Management (CIWM)