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Amendment of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

2.—(1) The Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (6)—

(2) For regulation 3 (Technical Competence) substitute—

3.(1) Without prejudice to the European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualification) Regulations 2002, Schedule 1 has effect to prescribe the qualifications and experience required of a person if that person is to be considered technically competent for the purposes of Article 3(3)(b) of the 1997 Order (management of activities to be in the hands of a technically competent person).

(2) A person holding an existing Certificate of Technical Competence shall be required to acquire a relevant up-to-date qualification as detailed in Schedule 1 within 24 months of the date of operation of these Regulations.

(3) A person who has acquired technical competence must undertake an assessment every 24 months to ensure that that competence is kept up to date..

(3) Regulation 4 (Technical competence - transitional provisions) is revoked.

(4) In regulation 5 (Pre-qualification technical competence) for paragraph (1)(a) substitute—

(a)a person has applied to the Waste Management Industry and Advisory Board (“WAMITAB”) for an Operator Competence Certificate in relation to one of the types of activities mentioned in paragraph (2);.

(5) In regulation 5(1) for paragraph (d) substitute—

(d)the Department is satisfied that but for regulation 3 he would be a technically competent person, then, in relation to the activity in respect of which the application mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) was made and until the expiry of 12 months from the grant of a licence pursuant to that application, regulation 3 shall not apply to that person and he shall be treated as technically competent for the purposes of Article 3(3)(b) of the 1997 Order..

(6) For Schedule 1 substitute—

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 1

1.  The qualifications required of a person if he is to be regarded as technically competent for the purposes of Article 3(3)(b) of the 1997 Order to carry on an activity of a description listed in the Table below are that that person must hold one of the certificates awarded by WAMITAB, the codes of which are specified in relation to that description of activity in that Table; or for operations not covered by WAMITAB, the Department will make its own assessment of technical competence, based primarily on the specific activity and the knowledge and experience in waste management practice of the person wishing to operate it.

2.  Anyone carrying out an activity listed in the Table must obtain a relevant Operator Competence Certificate except where that activity is being carried out by way (virtue) of an exemption from waste management licensing. In the event of a person carrying out activities without the appropriate level of qualification, that person will not be deemed to be a fit and proper person, which may result in that person’s application being refused or their licence being revoked.

3.  Where appropriate, the Department will recognise the Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) “Level Certificate in Waste and Resource Management” as demonstrating operator competence where that certificate has been obtained as part of the WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme.

Table 1 – Operator Competence Certificate Codes

Type of ActivityMinimum Relevant Operator Competence Certificate
1.Managing a landfill site for hazardous waste4MLH
2.Managing a landfill site for hazardous waste – single waste stream4MLHS
3.Managing a landfill site for non-hazardous waste4MLNH
4.Managing a landfill site for non-hazardous waste – single waste stream4MLNHS
5.Managing a landfill site for inert waste with a total capacity of greater than 50,000 cubic metres4MLI or 4MLIO6 or 4WRMe
6.Managing a landfill site for inert waste with a total capacity of greater than 50,000 cubic metres – single waste stream4MLIS or 4MLISO6 or 4WRMe
7.Managing a closed landfill site for hazardous waste4MCL
8.Managing a closed landfill site for hazardous waste – single waste stream4MCL
9.Managing a closed landfill site for non-hazardous waste4MCL
10.Managing a closed landfill site for non-hazardous waste – single waste stream4MCL
11.Managing a closed landfill site for inert waste with a total capacity of greater than 50,000 cubic metres4MCL6
12.Managing a closed landfill site for inert waste with a total capacity of greater than 50,000 cubic metres – single waste stream4MLIC4 or 4WRMe
13.Managing a treatment plant where hazardous waste is subjected to a chemical or physical process4MPTH
14.Managing a facility for recovery of oil/organic solvents4MPTH or 4MTTH
15.Managing a treatment plant where hazardous clinical waste is subjected to a chemical or physical process4MTTHC
16.Managing a treatment plant where hazardous waste is subjected to a chemical or physical process for the remediation of contaminated land4MPTHR or 4MTNHR6 or 4WRMd
17.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous waste is subjected to a chemical or physical process4MPTNH or 4MPTNH6 or 4WRMa
18.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous waste is subjected to a composting process4MBTNHO or 4MBTNHI or 4MBTOW6 or 4MBTIV6 or 4WRMb
19.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous waste is subjected to a chemical or physical process for the remediation of contaminated land4MPTNHR or 4MTNHR6 or 4WRMd
20.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous clinical waste is subjected to a chemical or physical process4MTTNHC or 4MTTNHC6
21.Managing a treatment plant where inert waste is subjected to a chemical or physical process4MTMI or 4MTMI4 or 4WRMa
22.Managing a transfer station for hazardous waste where the capacity of the facility is greater than 5 cubic metres4MTSH
23.Managing a transfer station for hazardous clinical waste where the capacity of the facility is greater than 5 cubic metres4MTSHC
24.Managing a transfer station for non-hazardous waste where the capacity of the facility is greater than 5 cubic metres4MTSNH or 4MTSNH6 or 4WRMa
25.Managing a transfer station for inert waste where the capacity is greater than 50 cubic metres4MTSI or 4MTSI4 or 4WRMa
26.Managing a civic amenity site where the amount of waste accepted is 5,000 tonnes per annum or lessEither 4MCAS or 4MCANH6 or 4MCAH6 or 4WRMa depending on waste received
27.Managing a civic amenity site where the amount of waste accepted is greater than 5,000 tonnes per annum4MTSH or 4MTSNH or 4MTSNH6 or 4WRMa
28.Managing a site where waste is burned in an incinerator designed to incinerate waste at a rate of more than 50 kilograms per hour but less than I tonne per hour4MTTH
29.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous waste is subjected to biological treatment: storage of digestate from anaerobic digestion plants4MBTNHA or 4MBTSAD6 or 4MBTFAD6 or 4WRMb
30.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous waste is subjected to biological treatment: anaerobic digestion facility including use of resultant biogas4MBTNHA or 4MBTAD6 or 4WRMb
31.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous waste is subjected to biological treatment: on-farm anaerobic digestion facility including use of resultant biogas4MBTNHA or 4MBTFAD6 or 4WRMb
32.Managing a treatment plant where non-hazardous waste is subjected to thermal treatment process4MTTNH
33.Managing a treatment plant where hazardous waste is subjected to thermal treatment process4MTTH
34.Managing a treatment plant where hazardous waste is subjected to thermal treatment process: autoclaving4MTTHA
35.Treatment of land for reclamation, restoration or improvement of land4MTRR6
36.Mobile plant for treatment of land for land reclamation, restoration or improvement4MTMPRR6
37.Mobile plant for the treatment of asphalt waste containing coal tar4MTMPA6
38.Deposit in lagoons of non-hazardous dredgings from waterways4MLNHLD6 or 4WRMe
39.Storage and treatment of dredgings for recovery4MLNHLD6 or 4WRMe
40.Use of waste to manufacture timber or construction products4MTMTC6
41.Treatment of waste wood for recovery4MTMTR6 or 4WRMa
42.Managing a civic amenity site non-hazardous4MCANH6 or 4WRMa
43.Managing a civic amenity site hazardous4MCAH6 or 4WRMa
44.Managing a Material Recovery Facility4MTMRF6
45.End of Life Vehicle facilities (vehicle storage, depollution and dismantling)4MTELV6
46.Managing a Metal Recovery Site (MRS) (wet scrap e.g. oily metal swarf – free flowing liquid)4MTMRS6
47.Composting in Open Windrows4MBTOW6 or 4WRMb
48.Composting in closed vessels4MBTIV6 or 4WRMb
49.Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)4MTMBT6 or 4WRMf
50.Managing a WEEE ATF – physical treatment4MTHWE6
51.Mobile plant for land spreading (land treatment resulting in benefit)4MTMPL6
52.Mobile plant for land spreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)4MTMPLS6
53.Non-hazardous sludge biological, chemical & physical treatment4MTMNHS6 or 4WRMb
54.Managing other mobile treatment facilities (non-hazardous)4MTMPO6
55.Use of waste in construction4MTSCO4
56.Mobile plant for treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate4MTMPS4 or 4WRMa
57.Treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate4MTMS4 or 4WRMa
58.In-house storage of waste4MTSIHS4 or 4WRMa
59.Metal Recovery Site dry scrap (including separately collected batteries) no free flowing liquid4MTMRS4
60.WEEE (storage only)4MTSWE4
61.Managing thermal treatment – hazardous waste: pyrolysis and gasification4MTTHPG
62.Managing thermal treatment – non-hazardous waste: pyrolysis and gasification4MTTNHPG
63.Managing thermal treatment – non-hazardous waste: autoclaving4MTTNHA
64.Storage of electrical insulating oil4MTSEOI6

4.  In Table 1—

(1)

S.R. 2003 No. 493 as amended