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More than 120 responses to waste law challenge

The Cabinet Office received more than 120 responses to its drive to slash the amount of regulation faced by the recycling and waste management industry.

For three weeks, as the government’s Red Tape Challenge focused on regulations applying to the waste sector, responses have been submitted online from interested parties

Invitations to comment closed on Wednesday.

They will be considered by Veolia Environmental Services executive director Robert Hunt, the sector champion for the environment during the Red Tape Challenge.

He told MRW earlier this month: “We all have to have rules but what one is looking for is to make those rules as straightforward and clear as possible so we can invest in confidence.”

One comment reads: “The new requirement under the Waste Regs 2011 for inclusion of SIC is ridiculous and will have a very low compliance rate.”

Another said: “I think inert and non-hazardous wastes should be redefined and the regulations relaxed. I think toxic waste regulations should be made even more onerous because this is where the harm comes from.”

But not everyone thought regulation should be relaxed.

One comment said: “This and other environmental legislation should remain to protect the environment in which we all live and on which we depend.

“This is not bureaucratic red tape but necessary legislation to ensure our environment is one that future generations can enjoy.”

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