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Regulatory engagement

The waste sector is one of the most highly scrutinised industries in the UK, and it is essential for the proper running of a business to have a good relationship with the regulators. It can make the difference between running a business smoothly and being prosecuted for an offence.

If applicable, what do you think of the level of regulatory administration required of your business?*

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How would you rate the level and quality of engagement between your business and the following regulators/official bodies?

Respondents scored each regulator on the following scale: ‘poor’, ‘adequate’, ‘good’ and ‘very good’. The percentages show the combined scores for ‘good’ and ‘very good’.

We can see a definite upsurge in satisfaction with the regulator in England – the Environment Agency saw a massive jump of 15 percentage points over last year. The Health and Safety Executive and Defra were also big winners, with percentage point rises of 16 and 19, respectively.

Defra granted the EA more money to deal with waste crime last year, so it is possible that the extra funding, not to mention politicians responding to public concerns on plastic waste, has led to officials making more of an effort with the sector. It is also noticeable that more respondents – up from 51% to 57% in 2018 – were happy with the level of regulation they are subjected to.

Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish regulators fared less well, however.

* Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding

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