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Terms of Reference

The remit of the Waste Working Party is to monitor, understand and influence the development of waste management law, as well as being UKELA's mouthpiece on waste management law issues. It is also currently contributing to UKELA's input to the debate on the transition to a Circular Economy and the debate on the implications of Brexit for environmental law.

The Waste Working Party meets quarterly, usually in London.

The Working Party is open to all UKELA members with experience of waste law. If you would like to join, contact the group's convenors.

Brexit Part 2 Seminar on Wednesday 6th March - bookings now open

After the interest and success of last year's UKELA seminar, we are pleased to be able to offer a second update seminar, 12 months on. As outlined last year, the post-Brexit world which draws ever closer and will present new challenges for the waste and resources industries.

This is the second joint seminar UKELA has hosted with ESA and CIWM and opened to their members. We have an exceptional line up of speakers on this key subject which is open to UKELA, ESA and CIWM members. The seminar is aimed at anyone who deals with waste and resources in a legal, consultancy or technical capacity.

The afternoon will provide you with a detailed understanding of the potential impact of Brexit on the UK waste management and export industry. We look forward to welcoming you along. The programme starts at 3.30pm, register from 3pm.

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Exploring the pathway to a Circular Economy on Tuesday 2nd April - bookings now open

Join us for an afternoon seminar which will consider the impact of the circular economy package including in the context of Brexit. The afternoon will start with an overview of the circular economy from a legal perspective. Trevor Nicholl, Senior Vice Chair, CIWM, will then lead a panel discussion. Each of our speakers will make a short 5 minute presentation, which will then be discussed and debated by the rest of the panel. Audience members will be invited to join the debate.

This seminar aims to bring together experts from throughout the waste industry and their advisors to create the opportunity for valuable discussion and debate about the real implications and impacts of the circular economy package. We hope that professionals working in all areas of the waste industry will find this event informative and will feel able to get involved to make the most of the wealth of knowledge and experience on the panel.

Refreshments will be available once the speakers have concluded to enable delegates to continue their discussions in an informal space and to allow networking.

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Next Meeting

Details coming soon

Recent Events and Activities

The most recent Waste Working Party meeting was held on Saturday 2 July 2016 at the UKELA Annual Conference at the University of Sussex. Jenny Scott of the Environment Agency and Angus Evers of Shoosmiths LLP gave presentations on the transfrontier shipment of waste and offshore decommissioning respectively.

The Waste Working Party's previous meeting, on 27 April 2016 at the Environment Agency's offices in Bristol, was a seminar by Jenny Scott of the Environment Agency on: “Definition of waste and the circular economy package – closing the loop at last?” Other meetings have included seminars on “Topical issues in criminal enforcement by regulators" and "The Circular Economy: what is it and what are the legal barriers to achieving it?"

Consultation Responses

Consultation on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector & introduce a new fixed penalty for the waste duty of care

Document TitleComments
Charging proposals to take effect in England in April 2018: response to Environment Agency's consultation, January 2018 
Response to the HM Revenue & Customs consultation on whether to bring illegal waste sites within the scope of the Landfill Tax, March 2017 
Fire Prevention Plan Guidance: response to the Environment Agency's consultation, March 2016 
Onshore Oil and Gas Sector Guidance: response to Environment Agency consultation, March 2016 
Fly-tipping strategy: response to Welsh Government consultation 
Waste crime: response to Welsh Government consultation, May 2015 
Consolidation the Environmental Permitting Regulations: response to Defra and WAG consultation, October 2015 
Revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice: response to Defra and WAG consultation, September 2015 
Landfill disposals tax: response to Welsh Government consultation, May 2015 
Waste crime measures and enforcement powers: response to Defra and WAG consultation and call for evidence, May 2015 
Dealing with seized property: response to Defra and WAG consultation, January 2015 
Draft Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) Regulations 2015: response to Defra and Welsh Government consultation, January 2015 
Material Recovery Facilities charges and Definition of Waste Panel charges: response to Environment Agency consultation, June 2014 
Draft statutory guidance on separate waste collection: response to Welsh Government consultation, June 2014 
Refuse Derived Fuel Market in England: response to Defra call for evidence, May 2014 
Waste Management in England: evidence submitted to the House of Commons EFRA Committee, May 2014 
Waste Prevention Programme for England: response to Defra consultation, September 2013 
Draft Deregulation Bill: written evidence for the Parliamentary Joint Committee, September 2013 
Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU: UKELA's submissions concerning environment and climate change, August 2013 
Site Waste Management Plans: response to Welsh Government consultation, April 2013 
Draft Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 response, April 2013 
Wood Waste Landfill Restrictions response, September 2012 
Amending the Waste Regulations 2011 on the separate recycling of waste, April 2012 
Transposition of the Industrial Emissions Directive consultation response, June 2012 
Draft national policy statement for hazardous waste response, October 2011 
Draft guidance on Waste Framework Directive response, September 2011 
Review of Waste Policies response, October 2010 
Draft Environmental Permitting (E&W) (Amendment) Regulations, September 2011 
Transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive consultation response, September 2010 
Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations response, September 2010 
Waste Framework Directive Consultation Response, October 2009 



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