RPS 211

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Environment Agency agrees to extension of RPS 211 until October 31 2020

The Environment Agency (EA) has extended RPS 211 in light of the COVID-19 outbreak from the 30th April 2020 to 31st October 2020. This ensures that industry can provide a EA approved protocol for the classification and assessment of excavated utilities wastes and implement compliance to correctly classify and assess the waste.

If you need guidance or assistance with this change, feel free to contact EnviroSolution Ltd to discuss your requirements.

Why is this required?

At present small volumes of waste (i.e. up to 10m3) produced from unplanned utilities and repair works are currently disposed of as non-hazardous waste and you do not need to apply a hazardous waste classification for these excavated wastes if you follow the conditions set out in the regulatory position statement 211 (RPS 211).  However, this will change this year, due to the withdrawal of RPS211 which is proposed to take place in April 2020.  As a result, there will be the requirement for all excavated waste material (regardless of the volume) to be tested and classified for waste disposal purposes in accordance with hazardous waste technical guidance.

Not classifying your waste will mean that, by default, the waste must be hazardous which attracts a significantly higher gate fee for disposal.  The difference is £91.35 per tonne (tax year 19/20) compared to £2.90 per tonne.  To put these figures into context, the equivalent 10m3 of construction waste is approximately 18 tonnes.  The tax alone is £1644, this is a significant increase in costs compared to c. £52 disposal costs.

What we do?

EnviroSolution, can classify your excavated waste in line with current regulations. Your waste disposal provider will need this information in order to correctly assign your waste to the correct facility.  We would provide you with a waste classification report in accordance with Environment Agency Guidance “Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste” (WM3).

In order to complete the classification, we would require some information from you on the source of the waste stream and also analytical data. If analytical data not available, then we can complete the required sampling and testing too.

How much does it cost?

Our fees for the classification work are as follows:

  • 1 – 4 samples: £75
  • 5 – 8 samples: £150
  • 9 – 12 samples: £225
  • 13 – 16 samples: £300
  • 17 – 20 samples: £375

There would also be a cost associated with any sampling and laboratory analysis which you would require us to undertake and this would costed on a site by site basis.

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