Defra Criticised Over Hazardous Waste U-Turn

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has criticised Defra Ministers’ decision not to withdraw the derogation that allows air pollution control residues that do not meet Waste Acceptance Criteria to go to hazardous waste landfill (known as “the 3xWAC derogation”).

Commenting on Defra’s decision, ESA’s Executive Director Jacob Hayler said: “ESA is disappointed that Defra Ministers have decided against withdrawing the 3xWAC derogation which currently allows air pollution control residues (APCR) to be disposed of to hazardous waste landfill.

“While it is useful finally to have some clarity after this lengthy period, it is disappointing that Ministers have decided not to phase it out after all.”

“Withdrawal of this derogation was first mooted in Defra’s 2010 Hazardous Waste Strategy. Since that time, ESA and its members have worked with Defra and Environment Agency officials to reach workable proposals for an orderly phasing out of the derogation and a gradual transition to new techniques for the recovery of APCR into useful products.

“While it is useful finally to have some clarity after this lengthy period, it is disappointing that Ministers have decided not to phase it out after all.

“This decision won’t help investment in alternative treatment technologies for APCR which would deal with the waste further up the waste hierarchy, and potentially brings into question the government’s commitment to the waste hierarchy more generally.”


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