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GOVT PUBLISHES GUIDANCE ON SPECIAL WASTE REGULATIONS

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The government has published a circular on the Special Waste Regulations 1996. ...
The government has published a circular on the Special Waste Regulations 1996.

The regulations, which were laid before Parliament on 1 April and come into operation on 1 September, implement the EC Directive on Hazardous Waste. The circular provides guidance on those Regulations.

In a written answer to a parliamentary question yesterday, Environment Minister Earl Ferrers said:

'Detailed guidance on the Special Waste Regulations 1996 has been issued today in the form of a joint circular from the department of the environment, Scottish office agriculture, environment and fisheries department and Welsh office. A copy of the circular has been placed in the library.

'The guidance was issued in draft form for public consultation in 1995. The final text takes account of the many comments received. It gives an outline of the procedures to be followed by those who handle special waste and incorporates in a separate Annex technical guidelines on the definition of special waste, technical aspects of assessing whether a particular consignment of waste is special and the hazard criteria which apply.

'Copies of the circular have been distributed to local authorities, and the Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency who will have a supervisory role in the system of controls.

'In addition, we have produced a free ten page leaflet on the regulations. This is designed for those who handle special waste and answers some of the main questions which are likely to arise.'

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