Overhaul of special waste rules to impose new costs on producers

Producers of "special" waste face an increase in costs of up to £4.0 million per year across Britain under proposals issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) to amend the current regulatory regime in the light of EC legislation.1 But the extra costs are attributable almost entirely to the Government's decision to introduce a charging scheme to cover the costs incurred by waste regulation authorities (WRAs) in administering the consignment note system, making occasional visits to waste producers, and analysing wastes. Some wastes will come under control for the first time, but others will drop out, despite official assurances to the contrary. Streamlined notification arrangements are to be introduced for repeat consignments and collection rounds.

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