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Defra consultation on reducing crime at sites handling waste, and introducing fixed penalties for waste duty of care

Defra have launched a consultation where they are seeking views on measures to reduce waste crime and poor performance at waste sites and introducing a fixed penalty to discourage household waste being fly-tipped.

They want to know what you think about their proposals to reduce crime and poor performance in the waste sector. They are looking to do this by enforcing more appropriate competence standards for permitted waste site operators. They're also proposing to make changes to waste exemptions to prevent them being used to hide illegal activity.

Defra are also asking your views on best ways to improve householder awareness of their waste duty of care. As part of this, they are proposing the introduction of a fixed penalty for householders failing to pass their waste to authorised waste carriers. This fixed penalty will provide local authorities with a more proportionate and less costly enforcement tool than prosecuting in court.

The 2017 consultation is divided into three sections:
  • Part A focuses on raising the standard of operator competence across all permitted waste sites by strengthening the regulators’ assessment and enforcement abilities;
  • Part B is about reforming the waste exemptions regime within the waste permitting system;
  • Part C covers the introduction of a new Fixed Penalty Notice for household Duty of Care offences for fly-tipping.

The consultation proposals apply to England and Wales.

Full details here.

The consultation is open until 26th March 2018. REA are intending to response and welcome views from members. Please send comments or copies of your consultation response to Jeremy by 16th March. 

Published: 15/01/18

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