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EA puts meat onto the bones of their campaign

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EA's purge will soon be with us!
As we have previously mentioned, the Environment Agency is preparing an ELV compliance campaign in England starting this April.


It’s worth bearing in mind that this is particular to ELV compliance and their focus will be:
  • the depollution process;
  • the storage of wastes produced by the depollution process;
  • fire prevention;
  • hazardous waste consignment notes, consignee returns and record keeping;
  • technical competence; and
  • compliance with the F-Gas regulations for air conditioning unit gas.
The reason behind that campaign is what the EA sees as a failure to fully depollute vehicles as this can have serious environmental impacts. If vehicles are not depolluted fully and correctly there is the potential to cause pollution and this then also increases the risk of fire. Fires are one of the biggest causes of incidents in the metals recycling sector and can be devastating for business.

Undepolluted or partially depolluted vehicles processed in metal shredders increase the risk of explosion, fire and contaminate shredder residues. This is a big cause of incidents and complaints at shredder sites. The depollution focus is seeking to ensure standards are consistent across sites and to develop guidance and training for EA staff to ensure they regulate sites consistently.

Currently, the EA is running a small pilot study which will finish in March 2016 in the Hertfordshire and North London Area. Officers have received refresher training on the depollution process and will be testing the guidance and forms to identify information gaps and issues with the forms.

The main campaign will begin shortly afterwards and the EA is currently prioritising sites using hazardous waste consignee returns, waste returns and other data such as Certificate of Destruction data. Training on the depollution process will be offered to all their officers.

Another area where the EA is also running a pilot project is eBay. They are looking into allegations of unpermitted sites breaking vehicles and selling parts on eBay. This pilot is initially looking at a specific location and the evidence and data gathered from this pilot will drive future work and investigations.

In addition to the guidance currently available, the EA will be producing quick guides and information sheets for their staff. This will be shared with the MVDA for their information and comment.

If anyone has been involved in the trails being held in the Hertfordshire and North London areas, we would like to hear from you about the experience. email us here.

March 2016

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