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Penalty danger over new waste regulations

Fleet operators, especially those with LCVs, are being advised to ensure that potential waste violations are identified at the end of a vehicle’s working life.

With the introduction of the Landfill Regulations 2002 legislation on October 30, there are now potentially serious financial implications for everyone involved in remarketing commercial vehicles.

As owners of the vehicle, fleet operators and leasing companies could be exposed to fines while the vehicle is awaiting resale.

When waste is left in vehicles, there are costs for waste removal, decontamination and hazardous waste handling.

All landfill now has to be separated into glass, textiles and plastics. Hazardous waste, such as paint, solvents and even oily rags have to be safely and separately disposed of.

“Increasing legislation and corporate responsibility issues mean vendors must be aware of the condition their vehicles are in at the end of their working life,” BCA’s Duncan Ward said.

“We are seeing increasing instances where waste, such as batteries, concrete, building rubble, rubber tyres and wood, are left in vehicles.

”The cost of disposals can range from £75 for a small load to upwards of £250 for large loads.

“For hazardous waste, the costs can escalate again as they have to be disposed of appropriately.”

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