Waste industry wins concessions on new licensing regime

The waste management industry looks set to win important concessions from the Department of the Environment (DoE) following a ministerial decision to delay by two months the implementation of the new waste management licensing system under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The DoE is now expected to take a less prescriptive approach to the surrender of waste licences and requirements for sites to be managed by technically competent persons. The scope of the licensing system is also likely to be amended.

The new controls were due to be brought into force on 1 April. But when consultations on the regulations and associated guidance began last summer, it soon became clear that the DoE would struggle to meet the deadline because of the many complex issues involved.

On 17 March, Environment Minister David Maclean announced that the implementation date was to be pushed forward to 1 June. Faced with the need "to strike the right balance between

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