As part of our commitment to continually improve our service and to help our clients meet their legal obligations, we continue to update the Legal Registers on our website and provide free quarterly legal compliance updates to anyone who subscribes. The purpose of these updates is to ensure you stay up to date with any changes in your legal compliance obligations, our updates can also be kept and can be used as evidence that your business is staying up to date with any changes in the legislation, this can be very helpful at audit time.
These Regulations amend the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations 2011 in order to give further effect to those provisions of Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste which promote the use of economic instruments in a progressive manner to drive resource efficiency and support the management of waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy.
Waste is managed at a national level through the following both the EPA and local authorities have licensing and regulatory functions, depending on the level of waste activity:Large-scale waste disposal, recovery and storage facilities require a waste licence from the EPA.
Relatively small-scale waste storage and recovery operations require a permit from the local authority.
It is an offence to hold, transport, recover or dispose of waste in a manner that causes or is likely to cause environmental pollution. It is not possible to dispose of or recover waste except with an applicable licence or waste facility permit.
To be granted a waste licence, operators must demonstrate to the EPA that they meet both technical and financial competence criteria. The EPA can adjust the criteria every year depending on the facility's operational status. Strict controls also apply to the transfer of waste licences.
The EPA must be satisfied as to the technical and financial competence of the transferee.
There are special rules for certain types of waste including:hazardous waste.End-of-life vehicles.Asbestos.Radiological waste.
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Including our quarterly legal compliance updates that are a great resource for evidence for your ISO audits.