Government launches consultation on changes to Waste Transfer Notes


Also in the consultation that lasts until 20 January, Defra is seeking views on the items that can be recorded on the WTN and reforms on waste carrier registration and enforcement.

In the consultation document, Defra said: “In April 2011 the Government launched the Red Tape Challenge, an initiative to review and remove unnecessary regulation which potentially restricts business growth. The Red Tape Challenge stated that it is burdensome for some small businesses to fill in WTNs.


“In response to the Red Tape Challenge, the Government is seeking views on proposals to provide greater flexibility as to the types of documents that can be used as an alternative to a WTN. By amending regulation 35 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (the 2011 Regulations), it is proposed that those who transfer and handle waste should have the ability to record the information on alternative documents such as invoices, orders or receipts should they wish to do so.

“At the same time, the Government is also seeking views on other possible revisions to regulation 35 of the 2011 Regulations, in terms of the information that is required to be recorded, as well as other reforms to the 2011Regulations in respect of waste carrier registration and enforcement.”

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