Clyde Baker FB post  20 November 2020

Chris Jones posts


Clyde Baker - Drove past enzos site on the banwen road this morning and all the plant working there has disappeared and also the signs marking the development, not sure if dai Richards has run them out of town, the Gypsies had a busy night. Or they found the chernobyl waste that Cuddy supposedly dumped there and they've done a runner.


Dai Richards - Hi Clyde - the council have put a one month temporary cease operations on Enzo because he has broken 14 conditions relating to the planning permission. The council have had to do this because Enzo was dumping potentially contaminated soil over the border in Powys and our group (East Glynneath Residents Against Contamination) made Powys County Council aware of this. This video shows them taking soil away and the lorry queueing for the weighbridge (at 1.05 - 1.07 in the video) in Cwmtwrch.

Chris Jones - ENZO have a legal "duty of care" to ensure that any waste is disposed of correctly.
This requires the waste to be tested and classified before it can be sent to a tip capable of accepting that classification of waste.
IF they have not tested it or IF they have "mis-classified" the waste, then they have broken the law.
I hope Glynneath Council will at least put this development on hold until they receive a comprehensive plan showing how this waste issue will not reoccur and how ENZO expect to get back into compliance with the planning board.
Anything less only condones their actions to date and encourages their blasé attitude.
Please see link below for "duty of care" code of practice.

Waste duty of care: code of practice
Waste duty of care: code of practice

Section 34(9) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

Waste duty of care: code of practice

The duty of care legislation makes provision for the safe management of waste to protect human health and the environment.

This Code applies to you if you import, produce, carry, keep, treat, dispose of or, as a dealer or broker have control of, certain waste in England or Wales.

Failure to comply with the duty of care is an offence with no upper limit on the courts’ power to fine. In some instances a fixed penalty notice may be issued for failure to comply with the duty of care in place of prosecution. The Code is admissible as evidence in legal proceedings for Section 34(1) offences and its rules must be taken into account where relevant to questions raised in the case.

If your waste activities are authorised or registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland but you deal with waste in England or Wales, you need to follow this Code. If you operate across borders, you need to follow Scotland’s and Northern Ireland’s codes of practice alongside this one.

The regulators for the duty of care are the Environment Agency (EA) in England, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in Wales and local authorities.

2.1 Duty of care: who it applies to

The duty of care applies to anyone who imports, produces, carries, keeps, treats, disposes of, or are a dealer or broker that has control of, controlled waste (referred to below for the purpose of this Code as a “waste holder”).

Waste holders are a:

waste producer – any person whose activities produce waste. This includes private sector businesses such as shops, offices, factories and tradespersons (e.g. electricians, builders, glaziers and plumbers) 

2.2 Waste holders: what your duty of care applies to
The duty of care requirements apply to household, industrial and commercial waste, also known as controlled waste.

Waste is any substance or object that the holder discards, intends to discard or is required to discard. The meaning of “discard” applies to “disposal” and “recovery” operations and processes and can be intentional or unintentional on the part of the holder. 

Disposal” is any operation which is not recovery (even where the operation has a secondary consequence of reclaiming substances or energy). An example is landfill

2.4 Waste holders: how long your duty of care lasts
You have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that when you transfer waste to another waste holder that the waste is managed correctly throughout its complete journey to disposal or recovery.

You can do this by:

checking the next waste holder is authorised to take the waste - see section 3.4 for examples of authorisation

asking the next waste holder where they are going to take the waste, and checking that the intended destination is authorised to accept that waste

carrying out more detailed checks if you suspect the waste is not being handled in line with the duty of care, e.g. requesting evidence that your waste has arrived at the intended destination and that it has been accurately described

If you receive waste you should cooperate with the previous waste holders in any measures that they are taking to comply with their duty of care. This includes supplying evidence that previous holders may need to ascertain that their waste has reached its end of waste location.

Each holder in the waste chain shares the duty of care obligations if you:

use a waste dealer or broker, you each have a responsibility to comply with your duty of care obligations and to ensure that the waste is only transferred to an authorised person or establishment

transfer waste to a waste treatment facility for preliminary treatment, you will generally still be responsible for the complete recovery or disposal operation (in accordance with Article 15(2) of the Waste Framework Directive)

carry out a waste operation that changes the nature or composition of the waste, you are regarded as a producer of the waste when it leaves your site

3. Waste holders: waste duty of care requirements
You must take all reasonable steps to:

prevent unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste (see section 3.1)
prevent a breach (failure) by any other person to meet the requirement to have an environmental permit, or a breach of a permit condition (see section 3.2)

prevent the escape of waste from your control (see section 3.3)

ensure that any person you transfer the waste to has the correct authorisation (see section 3.4)

provide an accurate description of the waste when it is transferred to another person (see sections 3.5 and 3.6)

Failure to comply with the duty of care requirements is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution.


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