A Look at Our Counterpart in The United Kingdom

On May 1st 1994 in the U.K. a new waste management licensing act became the law of the land and which required that any operator who recovered, transferred or disposed of waste now required a waste management licence (WML) a.k.a. exemption. If you ran without either of these you could be fined and sent to jail. A WML can be looked for and issued by a regulative authority in the U.K. most often SEPA or the EA.

When obtaining a licence, you are needed to be a ‘fit and proper individual’ along with being technically proficient to do the task. A ‘fit and proper individual’ is somebody without any environmental convictions, are technically proficient and have actually taken all reasonable safety measures to satisfy their licence requirements. A certificate of technical skills (COTC) is provided by the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB).

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U.K. scrap metal recycling centers follow strict laws

Metal recyclers do not deal with the full burden of waste legislation following heavy lobbying of government over the past 10 years. They still deal with rigorous licensing controls and a less stringent Duty of Care routine.

Metals recyclers in the UK either to have a licence to perform their work or alternatively need to sign up for an exemption on premises of size of business.

Over the past 2 years, and with the assistance of the metal recycling trade associations, the Environment Agency has actually been clamping down on non-exempt and unlicensed sites.

Licences issued under the Act are referred to as “Metal Recycling Site Licences”. Licence conditions include security fencing, covered storage requirements, road and storage surfacing and notice, indication and drain boards and other conditions.

As a business, you have a duty to ensure that any waste you produce is managed securely and in accordance with the law. This involves the waste producer transferring a document to the waste disposer consisting of all relevant information about the waste.

Los Angeles scrap metal yards can learn from our U.K. counterparts

The functionalities of constantly acquiring this document and the fact that some providers might choose to go to merchants who did not enforce the rules rigorously triggered a modification of heart on the part of the government in contract with the Environment Agency which implements the guidelines.

A concession was struck that the Environment Agency would not fully impose the Duty of Care as far as the non-ferrous metal recycling market in specific is worried.

This concession was welcomed by the British Secondary Metals Association.

The Duty of Care rules use to materials whether they are destined for recycling or disposal and the Environment Agency has stated that the responsibility of care is the piece of legislation that connects waste controls together linking waste with providers.

There is now flexibility in the way the policies are implemented for typically small loads of material. The Agency has actually given guidance saying that responsibility of care need to be comprehended as a principle that requires all sensible precautions to be taken so that waste, consisting of metals, in the care of an organization or carrier doesn’t leave and is carried in a protected container.

When it is transferred to a registered broker, carrier, a business signed up exempt and others there need to be a description of that waste.

The agency accepts that it is clearly not practical to have a transfer note for every single container of non-ferrous material, and if the way the notes are used enables the next individual in the chain to be able to know what it is and manage it effectively then the aim of the duty of care is in a big part being achieved.

Following the arrangement with the British Secondary Metals Association earlier this year, the Agency will not typically act especially as its resources have been concentrated on getting unregistered or unlicensed metal recycling sites into the licensing and exemption system.

The concessions on the duty of care use to deals where the overall quantity of scrap metal being moved does not surpass 1,500 kilogrammes. The transaction might cover a number of various metals but the overall weight of the transfer should not be higher than 1,500 kg. This indicates that if the transfer weight of metals that are waste goes beyond the 1,500 kg limitation, then the waste transfer note should contain all the information as in the guidelines.

On May 1st 1994 a new waste management licensing act became law which needed any operator who deposited, recuperated or disposed of waste required a waste management licence (WML) or exemption. As a business, you have a responsibility to make sure that any waste you produce is managed securely and in accordance with the law. This is the ‘Duty of Care’ and it uses to anybody who produces, imports, brings, keeps, deals with or gets rid of controlled waste from service or market or acts as a waste broker in this regard. This involves the waste producer transferring a document to the waste disposer consisting of all pertinent information about the waste.

This means that if the transfer weight of metals that are waste surpasses the 1,500 kg limit, then the waste transfer note should include all the details as in the regulations.