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EA standard rules consultation on preparation for exemption changes

EA standard rules consultation in preparation for exemption changesThe Environment Agency are proposing three new standard rule permits in preparation for possible changes to exemptions coming from Government’s consultation on “Reducing crime at sites handling waste, and introducing fixed penalties for waste duty of care“.

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 allows the EA to offer standard permits to reduce administrative burden on business whilst maintaining environmental standards. They are based on sets of standard rules that the EA can apply widely.

The proposed new standard rule sets are for operators of waste sites currently operating under exemptions;

  • T8: mechanically treating end-of-life tyres
  • T12: manually treating waste for mattress recycling
  • T4: preparatory treatments for paper, cardboard and plastic sorting and baling

The consultation includes three standard rule sets, associated generic risk assessment and the application and subsistence fees associated with the standard rules set. The new proposed standard rule sets are;

EA standard rules consultation in preparation for exemption changesThe consultation also includes revisions to three existing standard rule sets. The EA are proposing to add two new waste codes to SR2008 No12 and SR2008 No13. The proposed waste codes are;

  • 16 01 03 (end of life tyres)
  • 17 09 04 (mixed construction and demolition wastes other than those mentioned in 17 09 01, 17 09 02 and 17 09 03)

The EA are also proposing changes to SR2015 No18 including the acceptance and storage of intact waste vehicle catalytic converters,  removal of waste codes and amending a number of conditions, including the interpretation of waste motor vehicle.

They are also proposing to change the interpretation of waste motor vehicle in standard rule sets SR2008 No20, SR2011 No3, SR2012 No14, SR2015 No13 and SR2015 No17 (these links are to the current rule sets).

The EA welcome your views on the proposed changes that are relevant to you.

This consultation gives you the opportunity to comment on the EA’s proposals to introduce three new standard rule sets and the revisions to existing standard rule sets.

For more information on the charges and what a standard rules permit is, please see the consultation document.

Please click here to answer the consultation questions, alternatively you can submit your response by email or post by downloading the response form and sending it to:

Future Regulation – Permitting (Standard Rules Consultation), Environment Agency, Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol BS1 5AH

Or email:

The consultation (Standard Rules Consultation No. 21) opened on the 21st October and closes on 31st January 2020.

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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