By Alex Kapadia
Environment Agency inspectors carried out extensive spot checks on garages and tyres fitters and found many were contravening waste management and disposal regulations.
The 20-strong team visited 100 small garages and tyres depots businesses in the Nottinghamshire area to check they had the appropriate registrations and permits in place.
They also offered advice on the safe handling of waste materials – tyres, car batteries, oil and various chemicals – that could harm the environment or human health.
Of the garages inspected, only a few fully complied with all their legal obligations. The most common contraventions were inappropriate storage of oils and chemicals and incorrect segregation and disposal of waste.
Team Leader, Peter Rutherford, says “We’re aiming to improve the environmental awareness of tyre fitters and garages across Nottinghamshire. As part of their daily business activities they generate wastes that, if not handled properly, could cause harm to the environment and people’s health.
“During our inspections yesterday, we were making sure that they understand their legal obligations and offering advice on how to deal with their waste safely.”
Guidance for vehicle repair and maintenance businesses (as well as many other types of business) on their environmental responsibilities can be found on the Net Regs website at www.netregs.gov.uk.