The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice for the UK’s resource and waste management industry, today submitted its response to the Red Tape Challenge consultation.
ESA’s response stated that the review should focus on two key areas:
- Consistent but robust application of the rules by the regulators rather than watering down existing regulations.
- Proportionality of regulation, with the focus on criminal activities which harm the environment and human health, rather than minor technical breaches by normally compliant operators.
ESA’s Head of Regulation, Sam Corp, said:
“Of course, rregulations need to be smart and outcome focussed, and should not restrict legitimate businesses from doing the right thing. However, whilst we support the reduction in unnecessary regulatory burdens, these should never be at the expense of the environment and human health.”
“Cutting ‘red tape’ in the industry is not therefore our priority. The key issue for us is not the regulations themselves but their enforcement. ESA would like to see existing regulation being properly monitored and enforced and for the regulator to have the necessary resources to regulate effectively. Regulators must consistently and robustly apply the rules to ensure the environment is safeguarded. Without proper enforcement of the rules, the case for investment for legitimate industry is undermined preventing growth in our sector”