Current Consultations and Enquiries

CIWM likes to respond, as best it can, to all consultations therefore input from members is vital.  If you would like to submit a response to any consultation below please send your comments to the Technical Team on at least one week before the closing date of the consultation.

New consultations and closing date reminders are always posted on News Online (the weekly Technical Newsletter sent to CIWM members), this page shows the list of consolidated UK wide consultations that CIWM are aware of, however, CIWM will not necessarily be responding to every consultation in this list.

Responses to past consultations can be viewed using the links in the box on the right of this page.  If you require any further information please contact the Technical Team.

Current consultations awaiting response:

Landfill guidance consultation - closes 31 May 2018

The Environment Agency Landfill Regulation Group have been reviewing and updating our landfill sector guidance. Once complete, this will be made available on GOV.UK.

The first stage of this work has been to update the guidance relating to the operational phase of a landfill. Later in the year the group will be reviewing EA guidance on landfill closure and aftercare. There is currently a separate project ongoing to review our landfill surrender guidance.

Please find attached the draft first stage text and provide any comments, indicating which section or page you refer to, to Gill Cripps ( by Thursday 31 May 2018.  Please note that the contents page and page numbers refer only to this consultation document as the final text that appears on GOV.UK will be in the form of web pages.

European Commission: Towards and EU Product Policy Framework contributing to the Circular Economy – closes 4 June 2018

The Commission would like to hear your views on the proposed Circular Economy Roadmap.  Click here for more details and to submit your response.

BEIS: Proposals regarding setting standards for smart appliances – closes 8 June 2018

BEIS are seeking views on proposals for setting standards for smart appliances, to support the transition towards a smarter, more flexible, cleaner and more affordable energy system.  Click here for more details.


Defra: Reducing litter; Proportionate enforcement – closes 8 June 2018

This consultation seeks your views on proposals by Defra to modify the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse incorporate guidance on the proportionate and effective use of fixed penalties (civil and criminal) against littering and related offences.



Environment Agency: Standard rules consultation no.17 – medium combustion plant and specified generators – closes 15 June 2018

The Environment Agency are proposing new and revised standard rules environmental permits and would like your views.  This consultation proposes new and revised standard rules to cover medium combustion plant and specified generator controls.  The Medium Combustion Directive (MCPD) provides cost efficient emissions controls on new and existing plant and is being introduced into Regulation in England and Wales and regulated under an environmental permit.  Click here for more details.



Department for Transport: Haulage permits and trailer registration – closes 20 June 2018

The government has introduced the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill as part of its preparations to ensure the UK can deliver a smooth and orderly Brexit, as we move from our current membership of the EU to our future partnership.  To respond please click here.


BEIS: Environmental impact assessment: Nuclear Decommissioning Regulations – closes 20 June 2018 
The Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations require all civil nuclear reactor dismantling and decommissioning projects to obtain consent before being allowed to commence. This ensures that projects likely to have significant effect on the environment take due measures to protect and reduce their environmental impact.

This consultation invites comments on proposals for implementing amendments of the European Union Directive on environmental impact assessments in so far as the Directive applies to consent for nuclear reactor decommissioning projects in the UK under the Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations.

Scottish Government: Proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in Scotland – closes 22 June 2018

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from stakeholders on the addition of secondary legislation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to introduce a ban on the manufacture and the sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds.  The proposed bans aim to further protect our seas from plastic pollution.  Click here to see the consultation documents.

BSI: PAS 1107 – stakeholder engagement for infrastructure projects – closes 26 June 2018

BSI would like to invite you and your organization to comment on the following draft during its consultation period:

PAS 11007, Stakeholder engagement for infrastructure projects - Specification

A PAS (Publicly Available Specification) is a sponsored, fast-track, consensus-building informal standard that is produced by the UK national standards body, BSI Standards Limited. The development of PAS 11007 has been sponsored by Kier Highways.

To download, review and comment on the draft, please go to and register for free online (new users) and log in.

BEIS: The regulation of nuclear sites in the final stages of decommissioning and clean-up – closes 3 July 2018

Working with the regulators and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), BEIS has identified an opportunity to improve current arrangements that apply to the regulation of the final stages of nuclear site decommissioning and clean-up. We published a discussion paper on the principle of these proposals in November 2016 and are now consulting on the detailed proposals, in particular the arrangements for exiting the nuclear third party liability regime and for ending the nuclear site licence.  Click here for more details and to submit your response.


Changes to the approval of infrastructure development – closes 23 July 2018

Welsh Government want your views on proposed changes to how infrastructure development in Wales is approved following new powers given to the Welsh Ministers under the Wales Act 2017.  Click here for more details.


European Commission: Public consultation on the evaluation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive – closes 23 July 2018

This consultation is part of the evaluation of Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain public plans and programmes on the environment (SEA Directive). This evaluation is part of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) which involves a comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of whether the current regulatory framework is proportionate and fit for purpose and delivering as expected. With this evaluation, the European Commission (Directorate General for Environment) will assess the results achieved by the SEA Directive since its entry into application with regard to its objectives.  Click here for more details and to submit your response


European Commission: Public consultation on the Evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme – closes 26 July 2018

In line with the decision adopting the 7th EAP, we are evaluating this Environment Action Programme to see what worked well, and how it could have been better. The evaluation focuses on the structure and strategic role played by the 7th EAP and asks how it helped us deliver a better environment in practice.  Click here to submit your response.

Defra: Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit – closes 2 August 2018

A new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure environmental protections will not be weakened as we leave the EU, the government has confirmed.

consultation has started today on the contents of the Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, which will establish a world-leading body to hold government to account for environmental outcomes.

Defra have launched this consultation on the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill. This new piece of legislation will mark the creation of a new, world-leading, statutory and independent environmental watchdog to hold government to account on our environmental ambitions and obligations once we have left the EU. This new body will work alongside a new policy statement setting out the environmental principles that will guide successful and sustainable policy-making, marking the beginning of a new era for our environment. 

This document addresses some of the key questions around how environmental principles should be embedded into law, public policy-making and delivery, and what functions and powers the new environmental watchdog should have to oversee environmental law and policy.

Click here for more details and how to submit your response.

Defra: Air quality: draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 – closes 14 August 2018
This draft Clean Air Strategy outlines Defra’s ambitions relating to reducing air pollution in the round, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. In this draft strategy, Defra sets a clear direction for future air quality policies and goals. The strategy sits alongside three other important UK government strategies: Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan. 

The responses Defra receive now are important and will inform the final UK Clean Air Strategy and detailed National Air Pollution Control Programme to be published by March 2019.  Defra want to hear from all interested parties to help us shape our final strategy.  Click here for more details


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