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Environment Agency must get its act together

Yet another fire, but will it drive the EA to yet more onerous measures for the legitimate industry?

With yet another report of an illegal operator on the news recently; this time a major fire at a plastics recycler, how long is it going to take for the legitimate operator to be able to run his/her business on a level playing field?

We don’t want to just take a pop at the environment agency as we are all aware that they, like all of us have limited budgets to work within, but how much longer can we operate in a country that continually penalises those who play by the rules?

It really doesn’t matter whether you’re a plastics recycler, a non ferrous merchant or in our case, automotive recyclers; as long as we are forced to operate in a system that allows illegals to readily take business at an unfair advantage, then the professionalism of us all will continue to be battered.

It really hit home just how big the illegal issue is when we heard about the number of illegals that the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association had notified the EA about. We are talking over 650 illegal operators. We are also aware the BMRA are equally concerned about this problem.

So that’s why we say to the EA, “get your act together” or don’t bother the rest of us because your lack of action just makes it so much harder to keep our heads above water.
So what about Fire Prevention Plans?
Fire is a big problem and we understand the need to take action but trade bodies fear the guidance is too restrictive and could force many out of business or drastically reduce their capacities to operate. And will this affect the illegal operator - no! So more hassle, and when it comes to FPPs, commonsense has not been top of the EA’s list.

At the beginning of the year we reported that many trade bodies have joined forces as they all believe the latest Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) guidance issued by the EA will have a major negative impact on the sector if left in its current state.

We are aware the MVDA has been working hard behind the scenes with the EA to try and encourage a more sector specific approach to fire prevention as they recognise that much of the new guidelines for the waste sector as a whole are not directly applicable to the vehicle dismantling sector, and that this industry has it’s own specific risks.

We shall keep you up to date of future developments but come on EA, let’s apply some common! If you have any views on this or any other topics affecting the the automotive recycling industry, then you can let us know here.

March 2017

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