Waste Disposal: Environment Protection

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th June 2022.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average length of time was for the Environment Agency to process a waste operation permit application from point of first application to final determination for the 2021-22 financial year; and what proportion of those applications took longer than six months to process.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency determined 221 new bespoke (tailored to a specific business activity) and standard rules waste permits (a set of fixed rules for common activities) for the financial year 2021-22.

The average period from when the permit application was received to when a permit was issued was 226 days. Of the 221 applications determined - 48% took over 6 months (180 days).

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