In April of this year the Environment Agency have decided to abolish its premises codes in England.
What are EA Premises Codes?
Premises Codes are distributed by the EA (Environment Agency) the purpose is and was to keep track of companies who produce or hold hazardous waste. Hazardous waste includes: clinical waste deemed hazardous, asbestos, lead acid-batteries, solvent based inks or paints and more. If you'd like to know more about hazardous and non-hazardous waste check out our waste types page
How am I affected?
As a hazardous waste holder or producer you still need to register or renew your premises codes before April 1st 2016. If you don't you could face a fine of up to £5000 if you produce, hold or remove hazardous waste from premises that aren't registered or exempt.
How are we at Principal affected?
Like most companies in our industry we invested time & money in technology to accommodate, manage and track customers who need or may need to register for an EA Premises Code, we finally got our system working well only to be told the scheme is being shelved!
Sadly, our troubles don't end there as the EA Premises Code changes only apply to England for us this means if we move waste across the borders of Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland we will still have to use the EA Premises Codes!
What happens now?
Having investing time and resources into the creation of a new system, we now have to upgrade it again to allow for two systems: one for England and one for the rest of the UK.
We would like to extend our thanks to the Environment Agency – Why make it easy when you can complicate the hell out of what should have been a simple solution