The new age of waste management starts here

The implications of the new waste management licensing system which will come into force under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 next April have begun to sink in with the publication of the first of two batches of consultation papers. Major changes in the scope of the licensing regime, a series of new tests to be passed by licence applicants, and a charging scheme to pay regulators' costs will erect new barriers to entry to the waste management business and force out marginal players.

The Government's decision to postpone the legislation to establish an Environment Agency in England and Wales means that it is unlikely to be operational until 1995 at the earliest. The consequence for waste regulation authorities (WRAs), which have just undertaken the major task of registering the country's waste carriers, is that they rather than the Agency will have the mammoth job of implementing the waste management licensing system presc

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