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100% EU waste shipments confirmed

Waste ShipmentIn the event of a ‘no-deal’ scenario, Defra confirmed that 100% of the UK (and Gibraltar’s) notified waste shipments to the EU will continue.

Confirmation comes from the Spanish Environment Ministry that even if a ‘no-deal’ scenario should occur, existing approvals permitting the shipment of notified waste from the UK to Spain and from Gibraltar to Spain will continue.

This follows on from DEFRA’s published guidance regarding UK waste importers and exporters and the changes to rules around waste shipment if the UK leaves the EU with the possiblility of a ‘no-deal’, where ‘the UK government had secured an agreement that 98% of UK consents for shipments of notifiable waste that go beyond 29 March 2019 which would be be rolled over.’ See here.

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s head of policy & communications, Pat Jennings said, “CIWM welcomes this news and Defra’s commitment and work to date to secure these agreements with other EU Member States to ensure clarity and continuity for waste exports in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.”

As of the 4th March, the Guidance updated following agreement from the Spanish government to roll over all notified waste shipments from the UK to Spain. See here: www.gov.uk

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