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The EA has issued a consultation on the proposed revision to SR permit SR 2008 No.24: 75kte clinical waste and healthcare waste transfer station.  The proposed changes also include the withdrawal of SR 2008 No.25 and SR 2013 No.1.

In summary, the proposed changes are:

  • Reducing the annual throughput from 75,000 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes;
  • Limiting non-hazardous waste storage to 20 tonnes at any one time and hazardous waste storage to 10 tonnes at any one time;
  • Inclusion of EWC Chapter 15 waste codes (where related to healthcare waste) and some dual coded wastes in Chapter 18; and
  • Updating the operating techniques to reflect the ‘healthcare waste appropriate measures for permitted sites’ guidance.

The consultation is open until 10 May 2021 and consultation documents can be found here: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/waste/standard-rules-consultation-no-23/