29 March 2012

Controlled Waste Regulations 2012

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Schedule 2 of the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 (CWR) gives Waste Collection Authorities powers to charge for the collection of certain types of household waste. ‘Household waste’ is defined in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA), and includes waste from some non-domestic sources, such as schools, hospitals and camp-sites.

The CWR created a problem for local authorities and the private waste management sector, because there was no provision in either the CWR or the EPA to allow waste collection authorities to charge disposal costs. The costs of disposing of waste have risen substantially since the Regulations were introduced and continue to do so. As a result, the market for waste collection became increasingly distorted, and large numbers of the non-domestic “Schedule 2” premises sought waste services from local authorities in order to take advantage of taxpayer-funded waste disposal.

The case for government action

Only Government can amend the legislation to give local authorities the power to charge for disposal costs from non-domestic premises. There is no change to the way householders are charged for waste collection.

Latest news

The Government and the Welsh Government laid before Parliament and the Welsh Assembly on 15 March 2012 the Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations (2012), which revoke the Controlled Waste Regulations (1992), for implementation on 6 April 2012.

These 2012 Regulations give local authorities powers to charge for waste disposal from a wider range of non-domestic premises than the 1992 Regulations allowed.

Long-awaited changes to the Controlled Waste Regulations which will potentially save councils millions of pounds in waste disposal costs are set to come into force next week.

The revised Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 were laid before parliament on Thursday, March 15 and will come into force in England and Wales on Friday April 6. They will give local authorities the power to charge for disposing of waste from non-domestic premises such as prisons, camp sites and hospitals, which are listed under ‘Schedule 2’ of the regulations. At present, local authorities are obligated to collect waste from these premises but can only make a charge for collection and not disposal.

Councils will soon be able to charge hospitals and nursing homes for waste disposal as well as collection.

The changes are likely to be welcomed by councils who have been lobbying for years for changes to the regulations, which currently leave them open to having to pay millions of pounds in disposal costs which they have not historically had to pay.

According to a report published in December 2009, disposing of all the ‘Schedule 2’ waste which is not currently in the domestic waste stream could potentially cost councils in England and Wales up to £32 million extra a year.

But, there are a few notable exceptions in the revised regulations which are likely to prove less popular amongst local authorities. For instance, councils will still have to cover the waste disposal costs for some schools and further education colleges as well as charity shops and re-use organisations will continue to be offered free disposal.

If you are currently using local authority services to collect your waste then you may find your costs escalating to take into account the waste disposal element of the service. If you would like an alternative quotation for a comparable waste collection service then we would welcome your enquiry. We can deliver Waste Management services throughout the UK and no doubt will be able to reduce your costs in future.

Please call us on 01527 67222 or email waste@waste-check.co.uk or go to compareyourwaste.com and we will get straight back to you.