Charging scheme for NI waste shipments

Proposals for a charging scheme for transfrontier shipments of waste between Northern Ireland and countries outside the UK were issued by the Environment and Heritage Service in October.1

Provisions transferring responsibility for regulating transfrontier waste shipments from the province's 26 councils to the EHS issued in 2000 have yet to be implemented.

The charging scheme is being introduced to enable the EHS to recover its costs for assessing and monitoring waste shipments.

The regulations on the charging scheme will be introduced "as soon as possible". At the same time, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will amend the 1994 transfrontier shipment of waste regulations, thus making the EHS the competent authority instead of the councils.

The EHS' preferred option is to introduce a £450 fee for assessment of each notification to ship waste for disposal or recovery, together with a £25 fee for monitoring each shipment. Other Environment Agencies in the UK have separate fees of £878 and £323 to cover disposal and recovery, respectively.

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