Waste is an integral part of the economy and in many cases, a resource that can be repurposed. But waste can cause problems, from being a nuisance, an eyesore to posing health risks.
Industry is heavily reliant on paper waste transfer notes which can make it difficult for regulators to detect waste crime and ensure compliance. Changes to waste management are on the horizon which will present new opportunities and impose new responsibilities.
A new waste tracking system is being developed. At the same time, some of the exemptions used to allow waste operations without a permit are being removed or modified. Although faced with resourcing challenges, the Environment Agency is taking a tough approach to enforcement, holding directors personally liable for the waste crimes of their companies.
Tune in to the Engineering Matters podcast episode, “Waste goes digital,” with industry experts discuss the upcoming changes and what steps companies should take to prepare.
– Craig Burman, partner at Schofield Sweeney
– Sharon Palmer, head of environment assurance at The Clancy Group
– Jessica Morgan-Smith, principal consultant at MPG
– Hannah Haeffner, national recycling and recovery manager at Tarmac