Waste and recycling
Waste and recycling covers the collection, reception, storage, treatment and recycling of waste, as well as other types of waste management. These activities may lead to the escape into the environment of greenhouse gases, heavy metals and other environmental pollutants.
Hazardous waste must not be processed together with ordinary waste. Hazardous waste contains chemicals that are hazardous to both human health and the environment. Such chemicals have the potential to cause serious pollution that would be harmful to people and wildlife.
The County Governor is the pollution control authority for most waste processing facilities and can grant licences for activities that will pollute the environment. Facilities that may need such licences include plants for the reception, sorting and management of waste, vehicle scrapyards, refuse dumps, composting plants and incineration plants. In some cases, a facility that is granted a licence of this type may be required to implement specific measures in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment. The County Governor is also responsible for supervising harbour waste management plans and for carrying out harbour inspections.
The County Governor inspects waste processing facilities in order to ensure compliance with licence conditions. Such inspections will take account of the requirements of the Pollution Act, the waste management regulations, the internal control regulations and any licences granted for the operation of the facility.