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Update on waste sector legislation at metnet conference

Companies operating in the waste sector across the Marches should be aware of current legislation with latest figures showing the industry paid out more than £1.7m in fines last year.

The average fine for businesses prosecuted for failing to comply with legislation was £6,855 and waste companies are now being invited to discover how they can stay on the right side of regulations at an event in Ludlow next month.

The Marches Environmental Technologies Network conference will be held on November 1 and includes a workshop which will give companies a comprehensive update on rules surrounding waste permits, as well as a presentation highlighting innovations in the waste sector.

Mandy Stoker, chairwoman of metnet in Shropshire and director of Shrewsbury-based consultancy e4environment, will be giving businesses an overview of the permits available as well as practical advice for completing the relevant application forms and how to avoid pitfalls.

Mrs Stoker said: “Waste generation in the UK can be divided into three main sectors of construction and demolition; commercial and industrial and local authority collected waste.

“The waste sector is growing nationally with more than 100 companies operating within in the Marches. Intelligent management of waste is often overlooked, but it often reduces costs and ensures compliance with legislation.”

Both the UK Government and the EU place waste issues high up on the environmental agenda. Waste collection, handling, and disposal will be subject to significant increases in costs and tighter regulatory controls over the next few years. It is vital that companies across the Marches region are aware of current legislation if they are not to fall foul of the law.“

Latest figures from the Environment Agency show that 335 companies were prosecuted in relation to illegal waste activity in 2011. The highest fine handed out by the courts was £17,000 and 16 cases resulted in a custodial sentence.

The metnet conference at Ludlow Racecourse on November 1 will also hear from leading speaker on waste and recycling Nia Owen, of AEA Technology, a leading energy and climate change consultancy.

The presentation will focus on current innovations and opportunities within the waste sector. The metnet conference will also give delegates a chance to hear about business opportunities presented by the Green Deal, and a chance to learn how to improve their business networking skills with a keynote presentation with networking guru and business coach, Kevin Parr.

The conference will also feature a keynote presentation from Dr Robin Mannings, a futurologist, who will be speaking about what is on the horizon for the environmental sector and the impacts these innovations and changes can have on the businesses and people which work within it.

Funded by the ERDF, metnet is a partnership between Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council, Telford and Wrekin Council and Worcestershire County Council administered by Shropshire Council.

Further information on the metnet conference is available in the event’s section at www.met-net.co.uk. Although the event is free to attend, delegates need to book by emailing metnet@shropshire.gov.uk with ‘metnet conference’ in the subject line, including the name of the delegate and company name and address.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by metnet .

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