The proposals in this consultation document only relate to charging powers for non-domestic ‘household waste’. No proposals are being made in relation to charging for collection of waste arising from domestic properties and this aspect has not been reviewed.
In 1992, disposal costs were very small in relation to collection costs. Times have changed and disposal now forms the largest part of the overall cost of managing household waste, and costs are continuing to rise. By insulating certain organisations from the full cost of handling their waste, the Controlled Waste Regulations (CWR) are a barrier to more sustainable waste management and are causing significant problems for both local authorities and private-sector waste contractors. They restrict local authorities’ ability to provide services and make funding decisions based on local priorities. In addition, the CWR are often difficult to interpret, and some provisions have become outdated.
The current legislation also fails to make clear provision for charity shops and re-use organisations, with the result that many are treated as commercial enterprises when it comes to waste charging. Defra and Welsh Assembly Government wish to acknowledge the contribution these organisations make to sustainable waste management by encouraging and facilitating the re-use of surplus goods.
We propose to amend the legislation to address these issues, in particular:
• Giving local authorities the power to charge for disposal of non-domestic ‘Schedule 2’ waste;
• Retaining local authorities’ discretion on charging so that they can make decisions best suited to local circumstances;
• Providing free disposal to the charity shops and re-use organisations who help to reduce household waste by encouraging re-use;
• Making the regulations easier to use by restructuring, clarifying terminology and updating references to other waste legislation;
• Retaining local authorities’ duty to collect, if requested, waste from institutions currently listed in Schedule 2, in the interests of public health.
The consultation from which this extract was taken seeks your views on drafting new Regulations to replace the current Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 (CWR).
The full consultation document can be read here:
101108 controlled waste regs consultation document
The Summary of responses can be read here:
120315 controlled waste regulations summary of responses
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