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Waste Management: EU Law

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will defer making regulations to implement the review of waste exemptions from environmental permitting until the EU Waste Framework Directive has been transposed into UK law. (291499)

We will not defer making regulations to implement the review of waste exemptions from environmental permitting. We propose to lay regulations to come into force in April 2010 that will provide new and amended waste exemptions from the need for an environmental permit for a range of waste operations that pose a low environmental risk. Exemptions provide 'lighter touch' regulation and will encourage more businesses to take up waste recycling and recovery. At the same time, we will limit the extent of the exemptions for some higher risk waste operations that will in the future be subject to increased controls through an environmental permit.

There is no reason to delay the benefits and savings that will result from the regulations until the revised EU Waste Framework Directive is transposed. The revised Directive contains similar provisions to the existing Directive, and gives member states discretion to provide exemptions from permitting subject to certain conditions.