Introduction by Chair. Linda Crichton Head of Resource Management. Agenda. Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) - Regulation. Richard Pullen Deputy Director – Waste Policy and Regulation Defra. Introduction.
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Head of Resource Management
Deputy Director – Waste Policy and Regulation
This is a new Regulation, applying to MRFs and providing a framework for improving data on the sampling process/quality of recyclable material, showing how it is turned from this…..
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Regulations are substantial and positive step:
Not likely to be a MF
Waste transfer stations acting only as bulking points (so with no sorting activities).
Waste transfer stations that sort C&I wastes.*
Household Waste Recycling Centres (Civic Amenity Sites).
C&I MRF’s *
MRFs treating only residual waste (‘Dirty’ MRFs).
Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plants including those used at autoclave facilities unless mixed waste material is accepted for any MRF operations that form part of the process.
Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) production facilities.
WEEE management facilities.
MRF’s separating materials from construction and demolition waste.
Sampling bad practise
Avoid taking samples just from the top or bottom of a pile.
Do not include exceptional items that would ordinarily be removed prior to processing.
Avoid use of built in scales on mobile plant.
Do not test more than one sample at once to minimise cross contamination risks.
Do not ‘adjust’ a sample in an attempt to make it representative.
Testing bad practise
Not clearing /cleaning containers and the work area between testing different samples.
Not isolating testing from other on site activities (H&S and cross contamination risks).
Forcing or persuading material through the sorting mesh.
Weighing samples outside and / or near moving vehicles (H&S and weighing error risks).
MFs Electronically Provide Quarterly Data
Opportunity for other Regulators
Registered Stakeholders Access Portal
Q: Are we interested in customer complaints? Yes, for our info.
Q: Will inspection reports be available? Yes, public register.
Not settled yet but may cover:
See Schedule 9A butpara phrased is:
a) waste collection authority, where collected under section 45(1)(a) or (b) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
b)MF where mixed waste is transferred from that MF to another material facility
c)if not (a) or (b), the person who collected the material or, if that person is not known, the person responsible for delivering it to the MF
d) where the batch is from more than one supplier the MF can estimate and apportion tonnage per supplier