Howard's permissive approach to waste carrier registration

The Government's new deregulation drive appears to have made its mark on the Environment Secretary's decision in the first appeal against a local authority's refusal to register a waste carrier. The appeal was upheld even though the carrier had seven convictions and is carrying on an unlicensed waste transfer operation.

The legal duty on carriers of controlled waste to register with the waste regulation authorities (WRAs) came into force in late 1991. The registration system underpins the "duty of care" on all parties in the waste management chain, in that using a non-registered carrier is an offence.

WRAs have the discretion to refuse to register a carrier if the company concerned or a "relevant person" has been convicted of one or more prescribed offen

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