As a professional waste management business that provides disposal services including Skip Hire Maidstone, we have been following the news regarding Brexit very closely.

However, with exit day swiftly approaching, are we any close to clarity with regards to Brexit and the waste management sector?

Brexit – A Recap

The UK voted to leave the EU on the 23rd of June 2016 and triggered article 50 in March 2017. At times, it can feel like a distant memory when Brexit wasn’t being discussed on the news. However, with the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union by 11pm (UK Time) on the 29th of March 2019,many people are left uncertain and concerned about the future of the country and what Brexit means for numerous different industries.

So what preparations have been made and what impact could Brexit have on the waste management sector?

Potential Issues With Brexit And The Management Of Waste

Numerous different pieces of legislation govern the disposal and the management of waste include both legislation made in the United Kingdom for example The Waste Regulations or the WEEE regulations, and legislation from the European Union.

As a portion of the laws and regulations that govern the disposal of waste in the UK are based in EU Law, it potentially causes some issues with regards to waste disposal. This because in the event of a no deal Brexit (also known as a Hard Brexit), the United Kingdom would have to decide what EU laws and regulations will be turned into British law. This means that the UK government can decide which waste laws and regulations continue to apply.

Recent News Regarding Brexit – How Does This Affect Waste Disposal Services?

As reported in Reuters on the 5th of December 2018, “No deal Brexit is ‘default’ position if May loses vote”. So with the concept of no deal at least possible, numerous people and businesses are concerned about what the future may bring. To some, the uncertainty is worrying, whereas other members of the public and businesses see the uncertainty as opportunity. For some the removal of ‘red tape’ is troubling as it could lead to a decrease in regulation and an increase in environmentally destructive practices. However, on the other hand some might see this removal of ‘red tape’ as great news for business opportunities.

Additionally, it’s important to note that many businesses do not see the statutory requirements of waste legislation as the minimum; instead they work hard to exceed these minimal requirements set by the regulations. Some businesses even work towards a zero waste solution.

With the possibility of a no deal Brexit, it’s important to note how this could affect waste disposal services. For example, it is uncertain whether waste exports are considered transportation of goods, or a provision of a service. This is because transportation of goods incurs a 6.5% tariff, so if waste exports are regarded as such, they will incur this tariff.

Potential Outcomes Of Brexit

Whilst the date for Brexit is only a few months away, the future surrounding Brexit is still unclear. However, it is possible to hypothesise about potential scenarios that could occur.

The unknown nature of a future in a no deal Brexit provides both concern and opportunity as it depends on the nature of policy of the UK government and how they change laws. Perhaps environmental waste regulations could become stricter, or perhaps they could become relaxed, or maybe they will remain the same.

If the UK instead decided to choose the Brexit U-Turn path; stopping Brexit and remaining a part of the EU, waste management laws would remain the same as EU law would continue to apply in the United Kingdom.

However, if the UK decided to become an EEA member (also known as ‘The Norway Option’) it is highly likely that the UK would have to continue to apply the majority of the European Union’s waste management laws. Although, being an EEA member and not an EU member, this would mean that the United Kingdom could not influence the legislation as they would no longer be a EU member state.

Learn More Information About Waste Legislation And Commercial Waste Disposal

If you would like to learn more information about the legislation that regulates the disposal of commercial waste, please visit the RTS blog. For example, you could read information about the correct disposal ofcommercial waste, or you could learn about how waste segregation could improve your business’ bottom line.

Ensure Your Waste Management Is Legally Compliant, Choose RTS Waste

The RTS Waste Management team can provide a wide variety of different waste management services to help your business dispose of your waste in a manner that is both legally compliant and environmentally responsible.

For example, in order to comply with regulations, plasterboard cannot be disposed of via general waste skip hire as a part of a Skip Hire Maidstone service. In order to provide a disposal service that complies with legislation, we provide a Jumbo Bag service – a disposal container which is 1 cubic meter in size and can hold up to 200kg. Alternatively larger quantities of plasterboard can be collected in a separate skip or Roll On Roll Off.

Get In Touch With Our Team Today

If you would like to make an enquiry regarding any of the waste management services that are available from the RTS Waste Management team, such as how we could help your business work towards a zero to landfill waste strategy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.

If you would like to speak to our team, please call 0207 232 1711. However, those who would prefer to request a call back can do so by filling out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page. Additionally, if you would like to make an enquiry using the internet, please send our team an email. Our email address is