Waste, Permitting and Environmental Management

The waste industry is set to grow in the UK, but with growth comes consumer and regulatory pressures. Peak Associates understands the needs of the waste industry to compete in a difficult economic climate whilst environmental obligations are becoming increasingly challenging to comply with. Peak Associates consultants have experience with a range of waste operators, waste types, regulators and regulatory guidelines, waste exemptions and permit applications.

The use of waste in construction/development projects is also a growth sector which Peak Associates can assist clients in exploring. Peak Associates delivers a range of services for clients processing or utilising waste materials to operate within regulatory guidelines and environmental law.

These services include:

  • Waste permit applications and reviews, including Opra score assessment and scrutiny to determine fair charging under current Regulatory Code of Conduct.
  • Exemptions for the appropriate use of waste can be reviewed and registered to meet a client’s needs and to ensure they comply with the relevant environmental rules and regulations.
  • Innovation in the use of waste materials can be investigated, researched and implemented to achieve economic gains in waste management.
  • You may also be required to submit an assessment if the site is located next to a local non-mains river watercourse
  • Laboratory analysis of waste materials can be provided using accredited environmental laboratories, with assessment of the results for Waste Acceptance Criteria, Waste Classification and for construction/development to industry standards and various screening criteria.
  • Hazardous waste such as asbestos, hydrocarbons and persistent organic pollutants can be verified and assessed for waste materials to be accepted or transferred with confidence.
  • Site visits at waste transfer stations to conduct visual checks on waste storage, handling, transfer and compliance with latest government rules (e.g. Standard Rules permit).
  • Assess compliance of waste handling sites with their Environment Management System (EMS) or to renew their EMS.
  • Conduct sampling of waste materials for compliance with List of Waste regulations or other use of waste materials (e.g. landfill restoration).
  • Ensure environmental/ecological impacts are minimised through analysis of surface water discharge, ground water contamination, air pollution and relevant ecological safeguards (e.g. Great Crested Newts).

Waste encompasses a wide range of materials, processes, rules and regulations. Peak Associates can offer a tailored service to individuals, large or small scale waste operators to achieve their requirements, develop new avenues of business, and to be innovative with waste.

Where waste is processed, used or transferred, its handling comes under the scrutiny of the Environment Agency.

Peak Associates offers a range of services for individuals or companies to stay compliant with the Agency’s permits and/or exemptions whilst maintaining operations.

Audits are a key part of compliance, with checks made at regular intervals to identify problems before they come to the attention of the Agency and to put in place measures to prevent reoccurrence or manifestation of problems.

Waste Transfer Station, Greater Manchester

Peak Associates has assisted a major waste operator in Greater Manchester to identify potential hydrocarbons pollutants in their waste fines.

This was achieved through consultation with the clients to determine their needs and understanding their particular goals. Using a scientific approach, the waste streams were assessed for hydrocarbons and any plant checked for leaks. Analysis of waste fines samples at environmental laboratories showed GC-FID chromatography results consistent with mineral oil entering the waste stream.

This was highlighted with the operations staff, the problem corrected, and the company could then proceed with moving its waste products. Our work also saved the need for lengthy tests of plant equipment which would have delayed processing of incoming waste as well as avoiding the large costs associated with plant maintenance. A significant reduction in the concentration of sulphate was also achieved through improvements implemented in separating plaster board from the waste instream.

Metal Recycling Facility, South Yorkshire

Metal recycling is a significant industry in the UK, but as with any other permitted activity, there are the regulatory hurdles to negotiate in order to maintain a productive site.

Peak Associates have been instructed by a metal recycling facility in South Yorkshire to assess their site for acceptance of MRF-can waste, coded as European Waste Code 19 12 02 ferrous metal. A problem associated with this type of waste is that it is poorly sorted with paper, plastic and rubber. The Environment Agency therefore was requiring this waste material to be coded EWC 19 12 12 (mixed waste).

Peak Associates submitted a permit variation for the site operator and reviewed the associated compliance requirements of site drainage, fire prevention plans, odour & pest management, and revisions to the Environmental Management System, with annual reviews agreed with the operator.