MRF operators set to benefit from waste compliance tool
A tool to help operators of materials recovery facilities (MRFs) stay compliant with the latest waste legislation has been launched.
The compliance assessment review tool (CART), jointly developed by Axion Consulting and 360 Environmental, works by evaluating a MRF's compliance performance in relation to both site operations and suppliers.
The CART service covers a full review of waste documentation and procedures to validate this. It also includes a report detailing a list of critical enforcement issues and details of all non-conformities, highlighting areas of potential enforcement and commercial risk.
According to Axion director Keith Freegard, site audits undertaken at MRFs sometimes show that staff are unaware of key legislative requirements and are falling foul of the law.
He said: "Changes to regulations, such as those brought about by the Waste Regulations 2011, must be incorporated into site processes as well as monitored into relation to suppliers. Legislation does not stand still and facilities must have systems in place to ensure compliance with both existing and new legislation.
"Most MRF site managers are very busy people, so taking a preventative approach to managing the risk of non-compliance in the form of a planned external audit is far more cost-effective and considerably less disruptive than being found lacking in key areas during a random agency spot-check."
Meanwhile 360 Environmental's Phil Conran believes that MRFs will be under increasing pressure to demonstrate compliance.
"Government is moving towards better self-regulation and the adoption of improved codes of practice. Sites will therefore need to ensure they are fully compliant to meet expected quality standards and show they are fit for purpose," he said.
More details about the CART service can be found here.