Red Tape Review Launched For Waste Sector

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A review into the regulatory and enforcement barriers to growth and innovation in the waste sector has launched as part of a scheme aimed at saving British businesses £10bn.

The waste regulation review is one of the first being taken forward under the Government’s Cutting Red Tape programme – a scheme that looks to identify barriers to growth and innovation and intended to deliver savings of £10bn by cutting “unnecessary bureaucracy and streamlining processes across five sectors including energy, agriculture and waste.”

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Rory Stewart, Resources Minister, Defra

The waste review calls for evidence on the impact of regulations across the industry – from production and processing to collection, disposal and treatment – and will be used to identify and remove barriers to advancing the sector whilst ensuring human health and the environment remain protected.

Calling on businesses to submit evidence, Resource Minister Rory Stewart said: “This review is an exciting opportunity to look at what else we can do to cut needless bureaucracy and remove unnecessary burdens on businesses in the waste sector.

“We have already delivered savings of just under £1m a year by removing requirements for businesses to create site waste management plans and I hope this review will identify more barriers we can remove to open up the industry to further growth and innovation.”

The review will complement work by the Defra, which aims to ensure regulatory effort is targeted effectively and focused on speedy and tough enforcement action where necessary.

In particular the review is seeking evidence of:

  • The impact of regulation and enforcement on small businesses around:
  • Compliance with data requests
  • Preparing for site inspections
  • Health and safety issues and EU obligations
  • The impact of regulation and enforcement on:
  • Development of new technologies for processing and sorting waste
  • Commercial and export opportunities
  • The effectiveness of regulatory market mechanisms, such as landfill tax and producer responsibility schemes.

Rory Stewart – “This review is about giving the people who work in the waste industry a voice, giving them an opportunity to have a say on regulations that affect them, and creating an efficient and productive waste industry”

Stewart added: “The review supplements our ongoing work on waste crime and we will shortly be publishing the Government response to the recent consultation on legislative proposals to enhance the Environment Agency’s enforcement powers.

“This review is about giving the people who work in the waste industry a voice, giving them an opportunity to have a say on regulations that affect them, and creating an efficient and productive waste industry.”

Industry members and stakeholders can submit evidence to the review via the Cutting Red Tape website here

The review is open for evidence from 16 July via.

To watch Rory Stewart’s keynote address at this year’s Resourcing the Future conference visit our video page here


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