Brexit waste law warning: In the notice to stakeholders, “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Waste Law”, the EC highlights the impact of Brexit on the waste sector from midnight on 30 March 2019.
Brexit waste law warning: The Commission states that unless a Brexit deal is done, exporters of waste and recycling between the UK and the EU – and vice versa will face new rules as EU waste law will not apply.
In an official Notice to Stakeholders, the Commission says it has acted to warn “private parties” and others of the legal repercussions of the UK becoming a “third country” in terms of international shipping and waste regulations.
The notice states:
“Preparing for the withdrawal is not just a matter for EU and national authorities but also for private parties. In view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, relevant stakeholders are reminded of legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country.
Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, EU waste law no longer applies to the United Kingdom. This has consequences with regard to shipments of waste.”
Lets Recycle commented:
“Waste management and recycling firms, referred to as “private businesses” by the Commission, are now on official warning and in the Notice are given advice as to what to do.
However, the Commission does note that the ending of EU waste law is subject to any transitional arrangements and to a ratified withdrawal agreement, which it acknowledges is currently a matter of negotiation between the UK and the EU.
This means that if a deal is agreed with the EU-27, the Notice is likely to be dropped or at least amended.”