"Construction & Waste Materials" - Ian Walton, Environment Agency


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"Construction & Waste Materials" - Ian Walton, Environment Agency

  1. 2. Construction and Waste Materials Ian Walton Senior Environment Officer 27 th April 2010
  2. 3. <ul><li>Who are the Environment Agency? </li></ul><ul><li>Better Regulation. </li></ul><ul><li>Illegal Waste Sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Duty of Care. </li></ul><ul><li>Forward Look. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>We are responsible for protecting and improving the environment of England and Wales. We also have responsibility for protecting communities from the risk of flooding and managing water resources. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Who are we? <ul><li>The Environment Agency has a wide range of functions: Waste, Water, Flood Defence. </li></ul><ul><li>Waste: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment Management Teams cover local areas and visit regulated sites. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Crime Team are the regional lead on intelligence led enforcement. Targets the ‘Big, Bad and Nasty’. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Better Regulation. <ul><li>Offer Advice and Guidance. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider environmental risk. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ‘over-regulate’. </li></ul><ul><li>Take action against those that knowingly offend, have no regard for the environment. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Waste from Construction Sites: <ul><li>Needs to be disposed of correctly. </li></ul><ul><li>Comply with ‘Duty of Care’. </li></ul><ul><li>Disposed of at a suitably permitted site. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Illegal Waste Sites: <ul><li>No sign on the gate. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of lorries/vehicle movements. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of proper infrastructure. </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of pollution. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Legislation: <ul><li>Environmental Protection Act 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Section 33 (1) (a) Depositing controlled waste on land without an environmental permit/licence </li></ul><ul><li>Magistrates: Max fine £50000 or imprisonment for 12 months </li></ul><ul><li>Crown: Unlimited fine or imprisonment for up to 5 years </li></ul>
  9. 10. Legislation: <ul><li>Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010. Regulation 38(1)(b) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowingly cause or knowingly permit the operation of a regulated facility or carrying on a waste operation, mining waste operation, radioactive substances activity, water discharge activity or groundwater activity, except under and to the extent authorised by an environmental permit. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Duty of Care: <ul><li>All those who produce or handle wastes from demolition, earthworks and construction activities have a legal responsibility, a Duty of Care, for its safe keeping, transport and subsequent recovery or disposal. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Waste Carrier.
  12. 13. Site Waste Management Plans. <ul><ul><li>Any construction project in England costing over £300k needs a Site Waste Management Plan. Ensures that: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building materials are managed efficiently. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste is disposed of legally. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Material recycling, reuse and recovery is maximised. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Civil Sanctions: <ul><li>From September 2010 the EA can issue certain civil sanctions for specific offences. </li></ul><ul><li>At the moment civil sanctions do not apply to offences under EPR, but this could change from as early as April 2011. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Finally…..
  15. 16. Other Information. <ul><li>08708 506506 </li></ul><ul><li>www.environment-agency.gov.uk </li></ul>