"High standards across the industry can only be achieved if criminals and cheats are not allowed to operate alongside legitimate business," says CIWM chief executive Steve Lee. "In relation to rogue waste carriers, revocations of carrier registrations have been the exception rather than the rule so far, and we therefore welcome wider powers for the Environment Agency."
CIWM also believes that Duty of Care, including the requirement to use Waste Transfer Notes, is a valuable existing tool to enforce the legal transfer of waste from carrier to metal recycling facility. Additional measures to add a record of ID to the name and address details that are already required could be implemented. Robust enforcement of the Duty of Care requirements at existing permitted facilities and tough action against illegal facilities and carriers is needed. However, a tougher stance by the EA must be supported by the appropriate legal framework and sentencing from the courts."
CIWM wants to see the EA taking a stronger line on all aspects of operator competence (technical, financial and convictions) at sites already permitted, especially in relation to Continuing Competence.
"With the first continuing competence deadline fast approaching, it is important to target enforcement at those parts of the industry that are not maintaining high standards of competency and compliance," adds Mr Lee. "Those companies and individuals who have shown their commitment to demonstrating and maintaining competence should not have to compete with those who have not."
Notes to Editors:
1. The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is the leading professional body for the waste management sector representing over 7000 individuals in the UK and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non profit-making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. Comprehensive information about CIWM can be found at www.ciwm.co.uk
2. More detail can be found on the DCLG website at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2081197
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