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If you haven't submitted your recovery targets then they could be coming after you!
Government legislation has led many of us to react quickly to new rules and by doing so we have usually paid a heavy price for early compliance.
The 2006 85% recycling targets are another area where the industry was warned that failure to achieve the target would result in prosecution. And now, after 5 years of delay, we are finally starting to see this happen. In the last month or so nine businesses have been taken to court & successfully prosecuted by BIS (the Government Department with responsibility for enforcing the target requirements). And there are already more prosecutions scheduled for early 2012. All those taken to court have been found guilty with fines ranging up to £4,000.
Duncan Wemyss, the Secretary of MVDA explained, “Although it has taken time for this to happen at least those who are doing the right thing aren’t getting penalised now”. He went on, “We should see these prosecutions as a warning shot across the bows. These targets apply to us all and it’s only fair that we all comply. Let’s face it, those doing the job as required by the law are being put at a financial disadvantage to those who choose to ignore the 85% (and soon to be 95%) recovery target”. The initial 20 or so prosecutions may be regarded as ‘test cases’ for BIS enforcement, so it remains to be seen whether the level of fine in future will more closely reflect the costs that an illegal operator avoids.
The prosecutions so far have only been against companies that have failed to report their targets at all, and not those who have reported but failed to meet the 85% target. No doubt that will come once the more serious problem of failure to report has been sorted. Meeting the 85% is a tough job. Some specialist dismantlers have reached this figure on their own; by the nature of their business model they can sell more of a vehicle than a general dismantler. But the vast majority of ATFs have relied on the additional inputs supplied by the shredder operators from their post shredder technologies.
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So someone once said and it’s not hard to understand the thinking behind it. The same thinking goes into planning conference programmes and CARS2016 is no exception. The show has many aspects but the conference sessions are where you can really glean information. Here we take a quick look at what’s on offer.
New member of the board at FAB
As part of the company’s growth plans within the emerging green parts market, FAB Recycling Ltd has added Tim McCarthy to its Board of Directors.
Another road trip planned to the ARA convention
Back in November last year, we reported on the road trip that had been organised for UK dismantlers wanting to visit the ARA conference. The trip was so successful they’re doing it again, so if you missed out last year, then there’s another chance but be warned, spaces are limited!
MVDA to publish industry handbook
The Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association has been busy recently with something other than keeping track of what government departments or the Environment Agency are up to. They’ve put together an auto recycler’s handbook and directory to help all those in and associated with the trade.
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Blue Group changes events Focus following successful 2015
Blue Group won't be at RWM this year, so get yourself along to CARS to see the very latest of what's on offer.
Is it time to move into scrap?
Let’s face it, you have the raw material and with CARS 2016 almost upon us, you have the perfect opportunity to look at new ways to generate future profits.
Trents install two SEDA MDS6 depollution containers
Following last month’s report, SEDA-Environmental UK Ltd is now up and running with its new set up in the UK, and the first order is under the belt.
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