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Deal close on EU waste shipments

Defra is on the brink of announcing that all UK waste shipments to the EU will continue even if the country leaves with no deal, MRW understands.

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management said it had been notified that agreement had been reached after Spain said permits for shipments from the UK and Gibraltar would remain valid.

CIWM head of policy and communications Pat Jennings said this had been stated during an update on progress in a meeting with Defra.

Defra said last month that it had received agreement to roll over 98% of existing consents for waste exports to the EU from the UK, agreeing 545 out of the 556 current approvals, after leaked Environment Agency correspondence warned of a political crisis if waste needed to be stockpiled and “putrefied” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


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