Defra holding ‘Brexit ready’ events for waste businesses

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is holding a series of free workshops for waste businesses in the run-up to Brexit.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, waste operators will face a series of changes in their legal requirements. Notably, businesses will be required to comply with new EU Customs guidelines for all UK imports and exports, and operators will have to ensure that waste carriers are registered to carry waste in the EU Member State. Waste businesses will also have to review contingency plans in case a ‘no deal’ scenario causes disruption at ports.

Although the government plans to deliver Brexit with a negotiated deal by 31 October, Defra is providing businesses with information to mitigate the potential impact of a ‘no deal’ withdrawal. The workshops, which will provide guidance on the expected changes, will include presentations from Defra, HM Revenue and Customs and the Environment Agency.

The first event will take place in Bristol on Monday 21 October, followed by events in Tunbridge Wells (23 October), Liverpool (25 October), York (28 October) and Birmingham (29 October).

Although a ‘no deal’ Brexit will result in significant changes to business requirements, Defra has made an agreement to maintain 100 per cent of the UK’s notified waste shipments to the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

This agreement came as welcome news after Michael Gove, then Environment Secretary, previously admitted that preparations were being made for the stockpiling of waste in the event of ‘no-deal’.

Raising further concerns over the impact of ‘no deal’, the government has also warned waste exporters to expect significant delays at container ports, suggesting that exporters should identify alternative disposal routes.

You can register for the government’s ‘Brexit ready’ workshops on Defra’s eventbrite page and further information on contingency plans for the import and export of waste can be found on the government’s website.

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