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Law firm shines spotlight on waste management and recycling sectors

7th November, 2012

Owners and managers of waste management and recycling companies can learn how to navigate their way through the complicated system of environmental permits and planning matters at a seminar being run by leading law firm Aaron & Partners.

The free event, in Warrington, will give a clear overview of the important issues to consider when applying for environmental permit and planning permissions in what is now one of the UK’s fastest-growing sectors.

It will outline the role of regulators including the Environment Agency, detailing how to maintain an ongoing relationship with them once a permit has been acquired.

Claire Petricca-Riding, environmental law partner and waste management specialist at Chester-based Aaron & Partners, said: “There are more and more businesses moving into the waste management and recycling sectors, which have been growth areas for a number of years.

“As well as companies moving into waste management for the first time, we are also seeing existing operators looking to expand their operations and obtain new sites.

“As we are sending less waste to landfill and the industry looks at innovative ways to treat and use waste, the growth in this sector is not that surprising. It is however, really important that companies operating in this sector can navigate their way around the system.

“The waste management industry is one of the most tightly regulated sectors and it is essential that companies are fully aware of everything that is required of them to operate lawfully. Ignorance of the law is no defence.”

Claire also stresses the need for companies to manage their relationships with local residents from the beginning.

“Education is crucial as people can often be wary of developments involving waste management in their neighbourhood,” she said. “However, the more local residents learn and engage with the process, the more they can be reassured. It is important that companies undertake public consultation exercises and hold events such as exhibitions and open days.”

Issues to be covered during the seminar will include planning permission and conditions; objectors and objections and how to deal with them; how to survive a planning committee; the role of the Environment Agency; visits from the Environment Agency; effect of adverse scoring and what you can do if you disagree; plus breaches of conditions and enforcement methods.

Claire will run the seminar with her colleague David Kerfoot, partner and head of planning and environmental at Aaron & Partners.

Aaron & Partners, Cheshire’s largest commercial law firm, employs 100 people in total.

It recently won more plaudits than any of its Chester-based rivals in the highly regarded Legal 500 directory for the third year running. The company also has a base in Manchester.

The seminar takes place between 7am-9am on Thursday, 29th November at the Park Royal Hotel in Stretton, Warrington. For more information go to http://aarons.weareweb.space/events/seminar/ or to book a place, please follow this link aarons.weareweb.space/events/seminar-booking-form/

 

 

 

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