The Environment Agency conducted its online consultation for eight consecutive weeks, from 14 June to 9 Aug 2021 (see letsrecycle.comstory) before publishing results on Friday (21 Jan).
75 responses were received to the consultation, including 32 from site operators and companies with permits; 18 from trade associations, other organisations, groups, 12 from consultants; five from local authorities; and eight from individuals and members.
Among others, respondents were the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Environmental Services Association and the Wood Recyclers Association.
According to the Agency, many respondents highlighted the potential environmental benefits of attendance increasing at sites with poor performance.
The environmental regulator said that the extent and nature of this benefit would depend on each case.
Approximately 75% of respondents supported the adjustment of the attendance requirement based on operator performance, the Agency says, with those in deteriorating or poor compliance bands requiring increasedTCMattendance.
According to the Agency, the Agency hopes that the results of this consultation will help create a second, more detailed one.
The next consultation is expected to be published by the environmental regulator in the summer.
Operators who apply to an environmental permit for a waste operations must be members a government-approved technical competency program.
Most waste environmental permit holders must comply with a government-approved technical competency program through their permits.
Operators who demonstrate competence through the CIWM and Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board are required by the Environment Agency to have TCMs on-site for a certain amount of time each work week. This is called the attendance obligation.
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