Waste Regulatory

In summary the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 require businesses to confirm that they have applied the waste management hierarchy when transferring waste and include a declaration to this effect on their Waste Transfer Note (WTN) or Hazardous Waste Consignment Note (HWCN). The legislation introduced a two-tier system for waste carrier and broker registration, including the new concept of waste dealer. It also made amendments to hazardous waste controls. They exclude some categories of waste from waste controls.

These regulations apply to any organisation producing computer / IT hardware waste.

The hierarchy sets out, in order of priority, the waste management options that should be considered: · Prevention · Preparing for re-use · Recycling · Recovery, e.g. energy recovery · Disposal

Other implications of this legislation:

  • Whenever waste is passed on to someone else, a declaration will have to be made on the WTN, or HWCN, that the waste hierarchy has been considered
  • The waste transfer note must also include the 2007 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code of the person transferring the waste. The 2003 SIC codes should continue to be used on HWCNs
  • Carriers of hazardous waste that operate a multiple collection round will need to include a round number and the number of collection sites on the consignment note
  • HWCNs must be kept for a minimum of 3 years
  • Mixing (or diluting) hazardous waste can only be undertaken by the holder of an appropriate permit and the activity must comply with Best Available Techniques (BAT)

Revive IT is compliant with this legislation in the following ways:

  • Revive IT keep WTNs and HWCNs on file for a minimum of three years
  • We ensure all our outgoing suppliers are compliant with the Environment Agency
  • To perform all our operations in compliance with the law, we hold all required permits and licences
  • Revive IT does not export any waste we collect
  • All our employees are competent and are extensively trained in their job and completing waste paperwork
  • An auditable tracking system is in place so all items processed can be tracked from source to recycling or disposal
  • The WTNs and HWCNs which we utilise are Environment Agency approved
  • A return is submitted to the Environment Agency every quarter detailing what computer hazardous waste we have processed
  • We are inspected by the Environment Agency on a regular basis
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