posted 17.11.2014

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EA launches new end-of-waste tool

A new online tool to determine whether a material has reached end of waste has been developed by the Environment Agency (EA) and trade bodies.

?IsItWaste? is a self-assessment questionnaire to help companies establish whether waste can be classified as a by-product or turned into a product that achieves end-of-waste status.

It does not make formal regulatory decisions, however, so these still need to be referred to the EA. ?IsItWaste? can be found at:

Consultation on WEEE compliance fee

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is considering how to calculate a compliance fee for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations.

The fee is part of a new WEEE producer responsibility regime, which is coming to the end of its first year.

Under the regime, compliance schemes must collect a set amount of household WEEE by weight and category placed on the market. If they collect too little, they must pay a compliance fee to fund WEEE-related projects or face sanctions.

In a new consultation, published on 24 October, BIS asks which of three proposed methodologies for calculating this fee should be adopted.

A key requirement is that the fee must be high enough to encourage increased collection rather than non-compliance. WEEE collections have fallenin the past two years.

In addition, BIS says the methodology should be different for each of the six WEEE collection streams (large household appliances, cooling equipment, display equipment, lamps, solar PV panels and other) and should reflect the different market economics associated with collecting, treating and disposing of these.

Agencies consult on new waste technical guidance note

The UK Environment Agencies are consulting on changes to the guidance on waste classification in the UK. A draft of WM3, the fourth version of the technical guidance document that waste firms are required to comply with, was published on 12 November.

The current version of the document, WM2, was published in August 2013 but requires major changes to keep up with EU law. WM3 will include new waste criteria based on the EU?sClassification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) of Substances and Mixtures Regulation.

The main changes involve a new chemical classification system, a major revision of hazardous properties and an update to the official list of wastes. These are being implemented in stages until 1 June 2015.

The way in which the hazardous properties of a substance are assessed will be changed substantially. All hazardous properties will be based on CLP hazard classes, categories and statement codes, most hazardous properties are now based on more detailed criteria added to annex III of the Waste Directive and there is a new dedicated chapter for persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Some thresholds for toxicity have been raised and others lowered. This means some waste producers will have to reassesses their substances. The consultation ends on 3 February 2015.

HMRC briefing note on landfill tax rate in England and Wales

As a result of the Budget 2014 announcement, the standard rate will increase to £82.60 per tonne on the 1st April 2015.

The lower rate of tax, which applies to less-polluting wastes listed in the Landfill Tax (Qualifying Material) Order 2011, is currently set at £2.50 per tonne. This rate is set to increase to £2.60 per tonne on the 1st April 2015.

These rate rises are equivalent to those recently announced in Scotland.

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