EA consultation on 'Appropriate measures' for waste sites closes Friday 13th

09 NOVEMBER 2020

The EA published a consultation on 14th September - 'Appropriate Measures for Permitted Facilities that take Non-Hazardous and Inert Waste'. The consultation closes this Friday 13th November.

This is part of a suite of Guidance they are preparing to apply much tighter 'Best Available Techniques' standards to operators as stated - 'The guidance has been produced to improve the way that permitted facilities in the non-hazardous and inert waste sector are operated and designed. The aim is to ensure that standards are clear, consistent and enforceable.'

Similar documents have been prepared for specific waste sectors - WEEE, metals, hazardous waste and biowaste for example - but this one is for any site that does not fall within their list of those specific sectors including:

  • household waste recycling facilities (civic amenity sites)
  • waste transfer stations
  • materials facilities
  • inert waste, aggregate and soil treatment facilities
  • treatment facilities for processing waste such as wood, tyres, plastics and mattresses

It also states that 'Exempt facilities which store or treat non-hazardous or inert waste must follow this guidance'

The document is 40 pages of extremely complex and very onerous requirements. We would strongly recommend that if you fall into one of the above categories of site that this will be applied to, you read it carefully and respond to the EA with your comments.

There is certainly a need for clear, consistent and effective guidance that ensures that all waste sites operate on a level playing field and in many cases, to much higher standards than they do at the moment. But there needs to be a balance that ensures that legitimate operators are not penalised to the extent that opens the door to even more illegal activity.