London revises waste management licensing requirements
London— Defra confirmed
proposals for changes to existing waste management licensing exemptions
involving hazardous waste, which are now out for full consultation.
The proposed revised exemptions
cover the management of a range of hazardous wastes from solvents
and treated wood to paint and medical waste.
They include additional requirements
on the storage of hazardous wastes, which include improved storage
conditions and monitoring procedures. In other cases exemptions
have been streamlined or removed.
These additional requirements
are in keeping with the need for more specific rules to encourage
recovery of waste, to better protect the environment and human
For example, the storage of 10,000
liters of certain hazardous and non hazardous paint for up to
6 months has been added to facilitate paint collection schemes
that redistribute collected paint to community groups.
The changes are proposed for
England and Wales. Similar changes to the waste management licensing
exemptions relating to hazardous waste in Scotland are being considered,
and will be the subject of a separate consultation.
All exemptions relating to hazardous
waste which are affected by the proposals must be registered with
the Environment Agency. Full details are available at defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/hazwaste/index.htm.