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  • Overview of basic waste legislation Talk about changes that have happened recently to the agriculture sector 4 case studies
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    1. 1. Waste Legislation Overview and Update Jeanette Wooster Environment Officer
    2. 3. <ul><li>Waste is…….. </li></ul><ul><li>“ any substance or object…. Which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard” (Article 1a Waste Framework Directive) </li></ul>What is waste?
    3. 4. This is not waste!
    4. 5. Environment Agency and waste- what is our role? <ul><li>Visiting waste sites and farms on planned inspections </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with new applications for waste sites </li></ul><ul><li>Incident response </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000 (PPC Regulations) </li></ul>
    5. 6. If you treat, keep or dispose of controlled waste…. <ul><li>You could need either a waste management licence or an exemption </li></ul><ul><li>Or you could fall under the low risk waste category </li></ul>
    6. 7. What is an Exemption? <ul><li>If you dispose/recover waste without a Waste Management Licence you commit a criminal offence </li></ul><ul><li>But member states can make Exemptions for small scale, low risk activities involving: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>people carrying out waste disposal at the place where the waste was produced; and/or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recovering waste </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Exemption 30 - Burning waste plant tissue in the open
    8. 9. Exemption 7A - Spreading (industrial) waste on land for agricultural benefit or ecological improvement
    9. 10. Exemptions 11& 17 - Setting up recycling schemes
    10. 11. Case Study 2: Reducing pesticide pollution and managing waste
    11. 12. Case study 3: Generating electricity from slurry <ul><li>Food Waste + slurry electricity for the grid </li></ul><ul><li>The capacity of the farm is for 15,000 tonnes of food waste per year . </li></ul><ul><li>A Waste Management Licence will be required </li></ul>
    12. 13. Main Challenges <ul><li>Power company are currently unsure if they want to use it. They charge £75 000 to connect to the grid </li></ul><ul><li>Obtaining planning permission and </li></ul><ul><li>agreeing a location with the planners </li></ul><ul><li>Green belt using existing facilities </li></ul>
    13. 16. Case study 4: Chubb Fire have turned hazardous waste from fire extinguishers into a fertilizer <ul><li>95% by weight of all extinguishers returned to Chubb Fire are recycled </li></ul><ul><li>10 tonnes of powder per week used to be sent to landfill </li></ul><ul><li>The powder is removed in a booth, filtered and processed as an agricultural fertiliser </li></ul>
    14. 18. Main Challenges <ul><li>Finding a company who could use the powder </li></ul><ul><li>Took Chubb over a year to find a company who were cost effective </li></ul><ul><li>Cheaper than the £4500 per week hazardous waste landfill fee </li></ul>
    15. 20. Summary <ul><li>Waste legislation affects most businesses in some way </li></ul><ul><li>Recently farmers have had to make significant changes with how they deal with waste </li></ul><ul><li>Waste does provide opportunities for businesses </li></ul>
    16. 21. Further information <ul><li>Jeanette Wooster Tel: 01491 828591 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Katherine Buy Tel: 01491 828481 [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>08708 506 506 - Customer Contact Centre </li></ul><ul><li>www.environment-agency.gov.uk </li></ul>