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Indian customs require video for metal exporting.

shipA video lasting three to five minutes of the container being loaded with scrap is now required by Indian customs officials.

In a new law introduced on 1 April

Anybody exporting scrap metal to India will need to provide the video of an inspection carried out by a certified Pre-Shipment Inspection Agency (PSIA).

The video will need to contain:

  1. The time, date, place of the inspection
  2. Photographs of the exporter and the representative of the importer (if available)
  3. The name and identity number of the inspector
  4. The instrument number
  5. The container number
  6. Filling the container up and the sealing going on.
  7. Registration number on which the container is loaded
  8. The process of signing of the PSIA certificate by the authorized person.

Once completed, the video will need to be uploaded to the Directorate’s website for inspection by customs officials.

No changes were made for importing waste paper and plastics into India

In a statement, the Metal Recycling Association of India said that these measures “will bring the scrap metal industry to a halt”.

It added: “Many foreign suppliers have already started cancelling earlier contracts and have stopped all scrap shipments to India on force majeure grounds.

“The Indian Government should be promoting the usage and trade of metal scrap instead of putting hindrances and impediments in place that will negatively impact the domestic industry from having access to such valuable raw materials.”


Full story by Paul Sanderson can be found on lets recycle website

New legislation TEEP comes into force January 2015

New legislation under Waste Regulations – January 1st 2015

TEEP Coming into force from January 1st 2015.

New legislation under waste regulations will require businesses to separate recyclable material such as paper, plastic, metal and glass from other waste.

How do you intend to comply with TEEP?

This amendment to the EU Waste Framework Directive is to ensure improvement to the quality and quantity of recycling across the UK. This amendment affects household and business waste.

What does this mean for my business?

It means you should ensure dry recyclable waste produced by your business (paper, plastic, metal and glass) is collected separately from other waste, such as food.

To comply with regulations, you should use a Mixed Recycling service for your dry recyclables (paper, plastic, metal and glass) and a General Waste service for anything else.

Kingsnorth waste can take the following.

  • Bulky Plastics
  • Polythene / shrink wraps
  • Paper
  • Cardboard


For a full list of acceptable items click on the link below.


EA to issue fixed penalty notice on illegal materials exported

From October the EA will be issuing fixed penalty notices on illegal annex samplematerials export shipments.

Exporters will need to check that the destination can lawfully receive their recycled shipment, and that the Annex VII forms are filled out properly.

The EA aim is to improve industry compliance with the law and become more aware to rogue operators and to help stop people from transporting waste illegally

Sample of exporting illegally

Exporting mixed ridged plastic loads that contain any electrical item or batteries is an illegal load.

Exporting green waste with plastics is an illegal load

Full details on EA website.


Edoc are you ready for it?

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the new way to save time, money and effort.

We are hoping as many of our customers and suppliers will do the same, to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Edoc will provide a quick, easy and paperless way to record all your waste transfers and fulfil your duty of care.

Using edoc, you will be able to: Create a waste transfer note online and share it between parties Review, edit, sign and store electronic waste transfer notes online Receive automatic email notifications when there is an action for your attention

See a log of actions performed on a WTN, by whom and when Create a season ticket with the option to include multiple waste types, containers and collection

frequencies Receive email alerts when a season ticket is about to expire Search and retrieve WTNs quickly and easily Create downloadable business reports on the waste transfers you have been involved in and on the wider picture of waste transfers recorded on edoc Use an optional tracking system to see the fate of your waste edoc


Changes to the Packaging Directive

Changes to the Packaging Directive

The revised Directive came into force on the 30th September 2013

3 specific examples where the changes have provided a clear position on the status of the items being considered as packaging.

These are:

o Industrial rolls, tubes and cylinders around which flexible material (e.g. plastic film, aluminium, paper) is wound

o Safety matchboxes

o Refillable steel cylinders used for various kinds of gas

With regards to industrial rolls, tubes and cylinders the Agencies are aware that there have been debates around when such items are considered part of the production process and when they fulfil a packaging function. The revised Directive now provides a clear view on that all these items are packaging when they are passed to the next stage in the packaging chain or the end user.

In the same way the position has now been clarified and confirmed that all matchboxes, including safety matchboxes are to be considered packaging.

The position on refillable gas cylinders is a clear step change for the UK with these now being confirmed as falling within the scope of the Packaging Directive

What does this mean for businesses affected by this change?

Businesses who are handling these items will need to ensure, if they don’t already do so, that they have records on the tonnage they handle from the 1st October to the 31st December 2013, and for subsequent years.

If you are currently registered as a Producer and will be registering as a Producer again in 2014 you will need to include the information on the amount of packaging you handled during 2013. If you have handled industrial rolls, tubes and cylinders, safety matchboxes or refillable steel cylinders and have not previously reported data on these items you must include this additional data for the period 1st October to 31st December 2013

If you not currently a registered producer, but you currently handle these materials you will need to consider your position against the threshold tests to determine if you need to register under the Packaging Regulations.

The packaging regulations define a producer as being a person who handles more than 50 tonnes of packaging during a calendar year AND has a turnover above £2M per year. If you are handling packaging and you exceed the thresholds as outlined above you will need to register as a packaging producer.

Further guidance on the process of registering and the options open to you can be found on the Environment Agencies web pages.

 Environment Agency web page link:

Telephone contact – 03708 506 506

Offence of buying scrap metal for cash

Guidance has been published by the Home Office on what scrap metal recyclers need to do to ensure they don’t break the law by trading in cash.

However, this guidance may only be relevant for around six months if Richard Ottaway’s Private Members’ Scrap Metal Dealers Bill becomes law.

The introduction to the guidance states: “The changes aim to remove the rewards that make metal theft such a low risk criminal enterprise for metal thieves and unscrupulous dealers.

“The revised legislation creates a new criminal offence which prohibits scrap metal dealers from paying for scrap metal in cash, only permitting electronic payment or payment by cheque.”

Itinerant collectors will be exempted if they have registered with their local authority and have obtained a separate order that exempts them from certain record keeping requirements.

Direct debits, BACS payments, credit transfers and mobile banking are all permitted as are cheques and reloadable electronic money products which are issued to a named account and undertakes full due diligence.

Any payment by cheque or electronic transfer that is anonymous is not allowed.

Scrap metal dealers will also be required to keep a printed copy of the electronic transaction receipt or a copy of the cheque. Records that do not contain this will be considered incomplete and an offence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act.

Local authorities and the police will be responsible for checking the records of scrap dealers and will be responsible for ensuring compliance under the cashless trading provisions.

This will be implemented from 3 December 2012. 

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Environment Agency writes to companies to outline that consignee must be revealed on Annex VII documents when shipping recycling

Following the example of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the  Environment Agency in England has written to exporters to tell them they must reveal the name of the waste producer on Annex VII documents when shipping waste and recycling.

A recent ruling at the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that German scrap metal company Interseroh had to provide the waste producer’s name and details on the Annex VII documentation despite Interseroh arguing it could damage their business by providing commercially confidential details.

It had been common practice that the intermediary company would put something like ‘refer to shipper’. But now full details will need to be included.

In the letter, the Environment Agency wrote: “I am writing to advise you that in accordance with Regulation 18)b) of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 it is an offence to transport waste other than in accordance with the Annex VII document.

“Not only must the Annex VII form accompany the waste in the container, but it must be properly and fully completed. This includes confirmation that there is a contract in place between the person arranging the shipment and the consignee where the shipment cannot be completed or is discovered to be illegal.

“Please also note the recent European case law has stated that details of the consignee cannot be withheld or left out on grounds of commercial confidentiality: the annex VII needs to be completed in full. Witholding such information would constitute an offence under Regulation 18(b) of the TFS Regulations as the shipment would not be in accordance with Annex VII document and the requirements of Article 18 of the European Regulation.”

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New waste exemptions system

Are you ready for the waste exemption changes?

 New regulations changing waste exemptions were introduced on 6 April 2010. They affect the types of waste operation that are exempt and the rules which control them.

The information below will help you find out about the regulations that control waste exemptions and what types of waste operation are listed as exempt.

Registration of all but one of the exemptions is free and lasts for three years. To continue operating for longer than this you will need to renew your registration

How do I find out if my waste operation is exempt?

Step 1 – Decide, using the guide below, what category your waste operation falls into. Make sure you have also read and understood the important information under ‘Before you register’.

Step 2 – Use the links under  waste exemption categories to find a list of operations which fall under each category. These are all listed by number and have a one line description.

Step 3 – If the short description matches what you want to do, click on that exemption to find a full description and our guidance.

Step 4 – Use the guidance and description to help you decide if the exemption covers what you want to do. Check the details carefully. You need to be sure that you can always work within the limits and conditions and you will not cause pollution, nuisance or harm to human health.

Step 5 –  Follow the steps to Register your new waste exemption. We will provide confirmation of your registration after which you may start straight away. You can register several different exemptions at one place. Make sure you read the guidance on ‘place’ below.

Click here for the exemption table and when the changes are going to happen.

 There are four  main Waste exemption categories

  • Treatment
  • Disposal
  • Storage

See net Regs for full details:

BSI looking to reducing Waste regulatory burdens

Waste Management: BSI to look into reducing recycling and waste regulatory burdens

Mon, 22 Aug 2011

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is leading a project to see if a standardisation roadmap can be created that will reduce the regulatory burden on recycling and waste companies.

BSI will work with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Environment Agency, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and Waste Watch as the first step to producing the roadmap.

This project team, will look to answer the following questions to work out what role standards should play in helping industry demonstrate compliance with the current permitting regime, such as Environmental Permitting Regulations, in an efficient manner:

  • What standards exist that do and/or could support compliance with waste regulation and waste permits?
  • What schemes already exist to support compliance with waste regulations and waste permits?
  • What are the standards gaps?
  • What standards could be developed to assist industry in demonstrating compliance with waste regulations and waste permits?
  • How can standards further support waste regulation and enable industry to comply with it effectively and efficiently?
  • How effective are the existing tools and mechanisms with regards to advising waste management permitting?
  • What specific compliance issues faced by the industry can be resolved with the aid of standards?
  • What cost savings and other benefits can be achieved according to industry?

BSI will undertake research to try to find out the answer s to these questions. This research will then be used to interact with individual industries across the wider waste management sector selected on the basis of agreed selection criteria such as amount of waste produced, amount of regulation in the sector and current usage of standards and certification.

The idea behind it is to see whether waste regulatory burdens can be reduced, identify which operations may be suitable for lighter touch regulation, promote adherence to standards as a means of providing a high degree of assurance of compliance with waste regulations and help the Environment Agency to focus on poor performance and illegal activity rather than on managed businesses.

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Business Innovation And Product Development By Waste Or Sewage Businesses.

Business Innovation And Product Development

By Waste Or Sewage Businesses

 New and innovative technologies/products/processes or services might improve your business, and some ‘green’ technologies could benefit the environment, but before using these new technologies you need to consider all of the impacts that they might have on the environment.

 Examples of business and technological innovation include new:

  •  Uses of waste
  • Waste recycling or reprocessing activities
  • Waste water treatment methods
  • Approaches to cleaning up land contamination or water pollution
  • Environmental and clean technologies
  • Uses of chemistry and chemicals
  • Uses of biotechnology or nanotechnology.

 Before investing any money in using innovative products/processes, you should get in contact with your environmental regulator as soon as you can so that they can give you any other advice. You must also ensure that you have all the correct permits/licenses and exemptions before you start any developments or trial activities.

 Using chemicals (REACH)

 If, within your business, you use or manufacture chemical substances, you must comply with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Regulation.

If you use a substance in an unusual way, then you should let your suppliers know the details about how you intend to use the chemical. However if you feel that this information will compromise your business, then you do not have to give the information, but you must carry out your own safety assessments and you must make sure that you provide the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) with this information.

 Field trials and testing your new process or technology

 You will need approval from your environmental regulator to test/use any new process or technology that you might have developed. The environmental regulator will assess your new technology; however in some circumstances you might not need your environmental regulator’s permission for a trial run of your new product/process, but you should be careful as causing pollution is an offence for which you could be prosecuted.

 To make sure that you are fully prepared before your test trial you should:

  • Contact your environmental regulator as early as possible
  • Be ready to give all the information needed as quickly as possible, e.g. chemical descriptions of the product and past trials.

 To control air pollution you must have written authorization from your environmental regulator or local council if your tests are likely to cause emissions in the air.

 To prevent water pollution you must have permission from your environmental regulator before you release anything unclean into uncontaminated water, surface waters or ground waters.

If you are taking water from surface or ground waters then you will need an abstraction license unless you are taking water from a mains supply.