The government is seeking views on improving operator competence at permitted waste sites and introducing financial provision, reforming the waste exemptions regime, and introducing a fixed penalty notice for breaches of the household waste duty of care.
It is seeking views on these proposals:
- Enforcing more appropriate competence standards for waste site operators.
- Changes to waste exemptions to prevent them being used to hide illegal activity.
- Adopt fixed penalties for householders failing to pass their waste to authorised waste carriers
- Measures to protect landowners from the impact of waste crime
The 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.
Our interest in this consultation is focused on the significant impact that waste crime has on our members, with many being victims of waste crime.
Farmers and land managers also make use of waste exemptions and environmental permits, in some case being the majority users of waste exemptions.
How to get involved
The NFU is in the process of analysing the impact of the proposed changes and will be consulting with members further in due course.
We've broken down the consultation and put some key questions for members to think about in a member briefing:
Download: Waste crime consultation – a summary of key proposals
If you wish to comment directly to this consultation you can do so by visiting: Crime and poor performance in the waste sector | GOV.UK. The consultation closes on 26 March 2018.
Or you can provide feedback to the NFU's environmental policy adviser Theo Plowman by 21 March 2018.