The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) has reported that following extensive discussions with the English Environment Agency, the much discussed and contentious issue of transporting waste hoses and the associated PPE from mobile sites and mobile call-outs has been resolved.
After many months of discussion and correspondence, it has been agreed that such materials in these circumstances will not be treated as hazardous waste. This means operators will no longer require consignment notes and the associated administration system for removing these wastes and transporting them back to a depot for disposal or recovery.
It is estimated that this much-applauded clarification will save the industry approximately £18m a year.
The ruling comes at a time when the industry is seeing long-awaited signs of growth in the mobile construction and transport/infrastructure sector.
The BFPA says the all-important key issue is that the waste is not categorised as “hazardous”.
It is currently writing a formal FAQ document (under the auspices of the EA), whichwill answer any more detailed questions that might arise among industry users.