Earlier this year the Environment Agency (EA) published an industry briefing note of their findings following a national audit of asbestos waste transfer stations.

Although many of the asbestos transfer sites were found to be well run with good quality procedures there were some sites which failed to meet the required standards.

Anyone producing, storing, moving or receiving hazardous waste (including asbestos) should be aware of the following:

  • The operator of an asbestos transfer site needs to hold a relevant environmental permit
  • If a site produces more than 500kg of hazardous waste (including asbestos) over a 12 month period, that site must be registered with the EA
  • A consignment note needs to be produced for all hazardous waste movements and must be completed fully and correctly.
  • Sites that receive asbestos waste need to adhere to strict rules around site management and the reporting of hazardous waste movements to the EA.

Jeff Letch, Commercial Director, WWM said: “We very much welcome the publication of the Environment Agency’s findings, the report provides an excellent reference point for essential compliance checks and good practice which will help to drive up standards in the management of asbestos waste”.

Click here to download the full report.

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