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Environmental Compliance Update: Monitoring Fugitive Emissions from Shredding Waste Upholstered Domestic Seating

 

Environmental Compliance Update: Monitoring Fugitive Emissions from Shredding Waste Upholstered Domestic Seating

🔍 Background: The Environment Agency has issued RPS 297, providing guidance for waste treatment sites handling shredded waste upholstered domestic seating (WUDS) containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Whilst this position statement only applies to England, if you are handling POPs/WUDS in Scotland and the rest of the UK it would be prudent to take this into account.

📋 Key Conditions to Meet:

  • Appropriate Disposal: Ensure shredded waste is sent to an authorized Industrial Emissions Directive Chapter 4 compliant permitted incinerator.
  • Health and Safety Monitoring: Maintain workplace exposure monitoring data showing fugitive particulate levels below 5 mg/m³.
  • Fugitive Monitoring Plan: Collaborate with the Environment Agency to establish a monitoring plan by August 31, 2024.
  • Results Reporting: Submit monitoring results to popsinsofas@environment-agency.gov.uk by December 20, 2024.
  • Abatement Equipment: Install abatement equipment by December 1, 2025, if necessary based on monitoring results.

🔗 Read the full RPS here: Monitoring Fugitive Emissions from Shredding Waste Upholstered Domestic Seating (RPS 297)

ℹ️ Please note: While this update provides valuable guidance for waste treatment sites, it is important to recognize the current challenges in monitoring for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the lack of an agreed sampling methodology in the UK. Additionally, RPS 297 only applies to England and for those operating in other parts of the UK there is currently no similar Position Statement.

🌍 Albion services: If you work with waste upholstered domestic seating Albion can offer the following services:

  • Compliance Assessment: Determine the extent of compliance with regulations regarding the handling, shredding, and disposal of waste upholstered furniture.
  • Risk Assessment: Identify potential environmental and human health risks associated with shredding waste.
  • Consulting: Provide guidance on best practices for managing waste including segregation, handling, storage, and transportation.
  • Training: Develop bespoke training programs for your staff on safe handling practices, environmental regulations compliance, and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Monitoring: Help develop monitoring protocols to track compliance with regulatory requirements.

Contact Us: Have questions or need assistance?
📞01292 610428

 

Important Industry Updates

Scottish Government Updates

Single Use Plastics ban now in force in Scotland!

Officially in force from the 1st June 2022, Scotland has become the first part of the UK to implement the ban on problematic single-use plastics. Under this ban, it is now an offence for businesses in Scotland to manufacture or supply single use plastic items including:

  • single-use expanded polystyrene beverage cups;
  • single-use expanded polystyrene beverage containers;
  • single-use expanded polystyrene food containers;
  • single-use plastic cutlery;
  • single-use plastic plates; and
  • single-use plastic beverage stirrers.

For an extensive list and more details, read more from the Scottish Government here.

Incineration Capacity Limits

The Scottish Government has decided that no further planning permission for incineration facilities will be approved. In a recent update they stated, “New national planning policy will be introduced through National Planning Framework 4, which will be presented to the Scottish Parliament for approval later this year. This policy will make clear that the Scottish Government does not support the development of further municipal waste incineration capacity in Scotland, with very limited exceptions.”

Click here for more information.

Updates from Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Special Waste Consignment Notes

SEPA is now accepting special waste consignment notes (SWCNs) by email only. All completed notes should be sent to swcnreturns@sepa.org.uk

This is a step towards the digital waste tracking service which will be implemented across the UK, and also contributes to SEPA’s net-zero goals.

For full guidance on consigning special waste in Scotland, read the updated documentation here.

If you have any queries about the updates and how they may affect your business, you can get in touch with us at info@albion-environmental.co.uk.

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Soils, Stones and C&D Fines Webinar

On Tuesday 27th April 2021, Albion Environmental and Davidson Chalmers Stewart hosted their joint webinar on ‘Soils, Stones and C&D Fines’. After more than a year of virtual events, we were delighted with the turnout and would like to say a huge thanks to those who attended and took the time to listen to our presenters and ask important questions.

A special thanks to our speakers Chala McKenna, Senior Solicitor at Davidson Chalmers Stewart and Andrew Howlett, Principal Consultant at Albion Environmental.

For those of you who were unable to attend the event, you can watch the recording on Albion’s Youtube Channel below.

You can also download a copy of the presentation slides here:

Soils, Stones and C&D Fines Recording. Tuesday 27th April 2021

If you have any questions you’d like to ask the panel, please feel free to contact them via email.

Andrew Howlett: andrew@albion-environmental.co.uk

Jane Bond: janebond@albion-environmental.co.uk

Chala McKenna: Chala.McKenna@dcslegal.com

Driving in the Waste Industry

Are you a driver within the Waste Management sector?

Drivers who work within the Waste Management sector should be aware of the requirements they must meet to ensure they are compliant with current waste legislation.

All drivers within the Waste Management sector are required to complete a compulsory 35-hours of training over a 5-year period to renew their Driver CPC.

Whilst you can undertake a wide range of courses to contribute to the compulsory 35-hours, we would recommend that you undertake a course relevant to your sector, so in addition to helping with your CPC training requirement it will also provide you with a valuable update on your knowledge of waste legislation.

Albion Environmental deliver a 7hr JAUPT approved Driver CPC course in Waste Management Legislation, which provides essential knowledge for all drivers involved with waste.

Our course has been structured to cover the following subjects:

  • The use of the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) AND Lists of Wastes (LoW)
  • Completing a Non-Hazardous Waste Transfer Note
  • Duty of care requirement with storage, transfer and disposal of waste materials.

Each subject area is covered specifically to your role as a driver within the waste management sector. Understanding of each subject area is confirmed using verbal questioning at the end of each stage.  Additionally, a few exercises are conducted throughout the training on each of the subject areas.  At the end of each course the delegates are asked to complete a feedback form which is used to identify improvements and gauge the delegates view on the validity and effectiveness of the training received.

If this is a course you would be keen to explore or would like further information on, please contact Kirstie MacDougall on 01292 610428 / email Kirstie@albion-environmental.co.uk.

Update from JAUPT on Periodic Training

At Albion Environmental we aim to ensure that our clients are always kept up to date with any updates that could impact their continuing development.

Which is why we want to make our clients aware of the recent update from JAUPT in relation to their Driver CPC Renewal. JAUPT advises that the EU commission have reviewed the Driver CPC Directive that now specifies that “a range of different subjects should be covered over the 35 hours”. Therefore, JAUPT wishes to reemphasise that drivers must not unnecessarily repeat the same periodic training subjects within a rolling five-year period. 

In addition, the Traffic Commissioners Office have also made a statement regarding periodic training – “Driver CPC training should either be varied or specifically tailored to a driver’s weaknesses. Taking the same courses repeatedly is not good enough. Failing to put structured development plans in place for drivers not only increases the risk of an incident occurring but would reflect very poorly on an operator if they were called before a Traffic Commissioner.”

Whilst you can undertake a wide range of courses to contribute to the compulsory 35-hours. We would recommend that if you are working in the waste management sector, that you undertake a course relevant to your sector. The course covers:

  • The use of the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) & List of Wastes (LoW)
  • Completing a Non Hazardous Waste Transfer Note
  • Duty of care requirement with storage, transfer and disposal of waste materials

Helping all drivers understand the importance of understanding the risks associated with the waste they are carrying and the importance of it being accurately described in case of an accident. Albion Environmental deliver a 7hr JAUPT approved Driver CPC course in Waste Management Legislation, which provides essential knowledge for all drivers involved with waste.

If this is a course you would be keen to explore or would like further information on, please contact Kirstie MacDougall on 01292 610428 or email Kirstie directly.