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https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2021/03/30/making-it-easier-to-find-registered-waste-carriers/

Making it easier to find registered waste carriers

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Nick Brenchley, National Lead for Metadata and Data Sharing Systems, discusses the EA's new waste 'widget' to help customers find registered waste carriers. 

Probably the most frequent post on my local community’s Facebook group is a request for recommendations for someone to come and clear some rubbish from their home or garden. Lots of recommendations for local traders follow, but which of them are registered waste carriers who will dispose of that waste legally and responsibly?

The Environment Agency Public Registers will give you all the information you need to identify registered waste carriers, brokers and dealers in your area. Fortunately the local councillor who runs my local Facebook group is well versed in pointing people to the registers to cross check recommendations and make sure they are indeed a registered operator. Not everybody knows to check the register though, which got me and my colleagues in the Data Sharing & Access Team wondering; how could we use our data to help in the fight against waste crime?

Previously, some registered and unregistered waste carriers have used the Environment Agency logo on their websites, promotional material or vehicles to indicate a registration or endorsement. This is an illegal use of our Intellectual Property and presents a number of problems, particularly if the person using it is carrying out illegal activities and using the logo to boost their credibility and get business. Other operators have included a link to their permit on the Environment Agency Public Register. This can be useful but is easy to miss on a webpage and doesn't give much information without users clicking through the links.

With the data we have access to for the Public Registers we wondered if we might be able to come up with something a bit more eye-catching that gives some instant and up to date information that traders could use to point to their registration from the website. Following discussions with partners in the waste industry we came up with the waste carriers ‘widget’.

The widget is a simple online tool which can be installed by registered waste carriers onto their website.  Once installed it pulls active information about their registration from the Public Register onto their website. This means customers can now easily see the information about that registration without having to know where to look. Details including the Business Name, Registration Number and Expiry Date of the Registration are all instantly visible as well as Companies House number where applicable. Better still the customer can click on the Registration number to view the full Public Register information or click on the Companies House number to see details about the company on the Companies House website.

Having the option of adding the widget to their website will make it easier for Waste Carriers to demonstrate their Registration. For potential customers the widget can make the process of identifying a registered Waste Carrier a far simpler one. Making it easier for people to access our public register information and making use of the data we hold can be a useful weapon in the fight against waste crime.

How else can we use the data we have to improve the environment?

 

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14 comments

  1. Comment by Jesn posted on

    All I want to know is if the owner of a vehicle is a registered waste carrier. How can I do this ?

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  2. Comment by JEAN ROBINSON posted on

    wHY CAN i NOT FIND LICENSED WASTE CARRIERS IN MY AREA RM139LN. HOW DO I FIND OUT IF A VEHICLE IS TAXED AS A WASTE CARRIER. HOW DO I FIND OUT IF A VEHICLE DOES NOT HAVE A LICENCE TO CARRY WASTE BUT IS OPERATING UNDER ANOTHER COMPANY LICENCE.

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  3. Comment by Steve Catchpool posted on

    How come if the use of the logo is illegal the amount of recycling websites that are using it. I requested the use of it with the EA, and they told me that the use was prohibited, so why do you not stop this.

    I even reported some sites and they still have the logo clearly on their sites, I found this today;

    https://computeritdisposals.co.uk/licenses/

    So please tell me why I should abide by your rulings when they are clearly not enforced!

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  4. Comment by Lb posted on

    How long does it take for a newly registered waste carrier to appear on the register? Thanks

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  5. Comment by Mrs H posted on

    A search by postcode would be useful to find licenced people in an area.

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  6. Comment by Kym Grant posted on

    Can a waste carrier use another name to trade.

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    • Replies to Kym Grant>

      Comment by eileenroffe posted on

      Good morning - Customers must tell us about any changes to their registration within 28 days of the change

      The customer will be charged if they:

      amend the legal entity of their business (for example a sole trader becomes a limited company, or if the limited company number changes)
      upgrade their registration type (for example a carrier/dealer becomes a carrier/broker/dealer)
      add new partners to an existing registration (a new registration number and expiry date will be created when the original one is amended)
      remove one or more partners leaving only one as a sole trader (a new registration number and expiry date will be created)
      A customer can remove partners at any point during the registration and they will not be charged, as long as more than one original partner remains.

      If a sole trader dies their registration cannot pass to another person and will cease to be valid.

      If a sole trader sells their business to another person their registration ceases to be valid and the new owner must register in their own right.
      ^Eileen

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  7. Comment by Kaz posted on

    Why can’t a vehicle registration numberplate be checked. There are many people in my area doing waste disposal in trucks which are unmarked with any company name and leaving a mess in the street. They having nothing to show they are licensed waste carriers.

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      Comment by eileenroffe posted on

      Good afternoon, DVLA and the Police are responsible for vehicle licence number plate checking - the Environment Agency are the regulators of the waste industry and do not have access to the vehicle licence database- ^Eileen

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