Veolia Insight - Summer 2017

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Legislation Update
Veolia UK | Great Repeal Bill

Great Repeal Bill
The Government published a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill and held a debate in Parliament the day after Article 50 was triggered.​

The Great Repeal Bill will transfer all existing European Union laws and European Court of Justice case law into UK law. The White Paper sets out the Government’s proposals for ensuring a functioning statute book once the UK has left the European Union and it provides details about:
  • The repeal of the European Communities Act 1972
  • How EU law will be converted into UK law
  • How corrections will be made to the statute book to ensure the law continues to function once we have left the EU
Circular Economy
At the European Parliament's plenary vote in March on the EU Circular Economy Package, the Parliament voted for higher headline recycling targets and also for a cap on the disposal of municipal waste. They also agreed a more stringent definition of recycling and the removal of the technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) exemption for waste collections. The next stage will be trilogue negotiations (between the Parliament, the Commission, and the Council of Member States) which will determine the final Package; this will take place later this year.

Industrial Strategy and Defra 25 Year Plan
Although the Industrial Strategy makes no particular mention of the circular economy, we believe it is key to its success and has an obvious link to the yet-to-be published Defra 25 Year Plan. The circular economy has an important role in the success of UK plc by providing enhanced resource efficiency, as well as jobs and economic growth across many sectors.

Sector Strategies
The Environment Agency has recently published a number of sector strategies covering the period 2016 to 2020. They provide a sector overview, including compliance and performance information as well as Environment Agency objectives for regulating the sector.

The strategies themselves look uncontroversial, indicating that the Agency will continue largely as it does now. For example, it will target operators with a history of serious non-compliance, helping them to understand the root causes of problems and take steps to tackle them.

Stronger enforcement of existing waste regulations will see the Environment Agency being given tougher powers during 2017, including the power to restrict access to illegal waste sites to prevent waste being delivered.

Hazardous Waste - Ecotoxicity
Waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. Upcoming amendments to hazardous waste-related regulations include the ecotoxicity regulations, which may mean that more materials are classified as hazardous wastes due to their ability to affect ecosystems.

We will review all potential material changes and ensure customers are kept informed of any need to change the way we manage certain waste streams, though these are likely to be few and far between.