Waste licensing charges under fire from WRAs

A second consultation paper on the charges which will be payable by waste management businesses when the new waste licensing regime is introduced next April was issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 4 December.1 The DoE is already facing bitter complaints from waste regulation authorities (WRAs) that the proposed charge levels are much too low to support effective enforcement.

The charging scheme is to be introduced under section 41 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It is intended to pay WRAs' costs in processing applications for licences and in monitoring operators' compliance with licence conditions.

Initial proposals for the charging scheme were issued by the DoE this summer, as part of a first consultation package on the new licensing system which is to be introduced under the 1990 Act on 1 April 19

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