21 January 2021 by James Langley

Covid-19: RPS extended; Waste services webinar

The Environment Agency has extended the regulatory position statement (RPS) outlining when operators of municipal waste incinerators can accept Covid-19 waste to 31 July 2021.

And, a free webinar will be held next week discussing and providing information on the impacts of Covid-19, with regard to health and safety and service delivery in the waste and recycling sector.

RPS

The RPS applies to those wishing to incinerate coronavirus waste without varying their permit (picture: Shutterstock)

The RPS applies for those wishing to incinerate coronavirus waste without varying their permit.

It reads: “Your environmental permit states the waste types and quantities you can accept. Normally you will breach your permit conditions if you accept waste types or quantities beyond those stated in your permit.

“If you follow the conditions in this COVID-19 regulatory position statement (RPS) you can accept and incinerate coronavirus (COVID-19) waste at a municipal waste incinerator without varying your environmental permit.”

The RPS was first published on 17 November 2020 (see letsrecycle.com story). It had been due to expire on 31 January 2021.

It contains 12 conditions operators must comply with to use it alongside their permit requirements. These include limiting the RPS to wastes carrying the following European Waste Catalogue (EWC) classifications: 18 01 03*, 18 01 07, 18 01 09 and 18 01 07 and 18 01 09.

Companies must get written agreement from the Agency before they use the RPS. The Agency says it will only provide written agreement for using the RPS where the Cabinet Office and Defra have confirmed there are no other appropriate options available for treating or incinerating the waste.

Webinar

On 26 January letsrecycle.com is hosting a free webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on health and safety and service delivery in the waste and recycling sector.

Topics are expected to be wide-ranging, with a focus on how far the industry has come, what measures have been taken and what challenges may lie ahead.

Chaired by the editor of letsrecycle.com Steve Eminton, the event’s panel will include representative for LARAC North East Victoria Burrell, the WISH Forum’s chair Chris Jones, Enva’s Paul Needham and Paul Stokes of FCC Environment.

Those interested can register for the event here.

Related links

Incinerating specified healthcare wastes at a municipal waste incinerator: RPS C23

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