Two recent changes to regulations that will affect builders.
1. New Gas safe register to replace CORGI registration
Capita is due to take over the gas installers’ registration scheme from the existing CORGI scheme, which will run until the end of March 2009. It will be a legal requirement for anyone working with gas to be registered with the Gas Safe Register and all existing CORGI registered businesses will need to have transferred their registration by 1 April 2009.
See the Gas Safe Register web site at www.gassaferegister.co.uk
Tel: 0800 408 5577
2. Tighter restrictions on the disposal of plasterboard and gypsum
The landfilling of gypsum and other high sulphate bearing wastes with biodegradable waste has been prohibited since July 2005. Under the Landfill Directive, non-hazardous gypsum-based materials should be disposed of at landfill sites for non-hazardous waste in separate mono-cells, where no biodegradable waste is accepted.
Until recently the Environment Agency for England and Wales took a pragmatic view that separate disposal was not necessary where construction waste contained small amounts (up to 10 percent) of gypsum or other high sulphate bearing wastes, this was known as the 10 percent rule. The Agency has now revised its guidance to remove this exemption.
There is a period of grace to allow for the change, but after 1 April 2009, the Agency will take action, including prosecution, if waste containing gypsum is accepted into a landfill cell containing biodegradable waste.
From now on loads containing any identifiable gypsum based wastes must not be landfilled with biodegradable waste. Gypsum waste must be recovered and recycled wherever possible and where it is sent to landfill, it must be deposited in a seperate cell where no biodegradable waste has been accepted.
Waste management companies will need to take further measures to manage gypsum waste and there will be increasing demand for builders to collect it separately. You must not deliberately mix gypsum and other high sulphate bearing waste with other construction and demolition waste at a waste transfer facility.
The major plasterboard manufacturers have a take-back service and there is a directory of companies that recycle waste plasterboard available at www.wrap.org.uk/construction/plasterboard/plasterboard_4.html