We undertake house clearance in all areas of Sheffield: Chesterfield Dronfield Hope Valley Mexborough Rotherham Stocksbridge and Upper Don Walkley West Ecclesfield Woodhouse Manor Castle Mosborough.
How Does Northern House Clearance Services Work?
- The first step is to CALL US ON 07966 311 536 for prices/quote.
- We will ask you a few simple questions in order to understand your situation.
- We usually just require 24 hours notice. We like to turn up at 9am on the day of our appointment and stay until the house clearance is complete.
- Once we have removed all of the furniture, junk & rubbish from the house we will issue you with an invoice for your records.
- We ALWAYS keep household items to one side which we know can be either re-used or donated free to charity. Our house clearance charges are fair & we do NOT add 20% VAT on the final price.
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House Clearance Sheffield & Recycling Sites
Despite their undoubted environmental benefits, waste recycling sites have long been viewed by the regulators as potentially significant sources of soil and groundwater contamination. House Clearance Sheffield notes with this in mind, waste transfer stations are becoming ever more regulated and targeted by environmental legislation. The current clamp down on unregulated sites is just the most recent example. The pressure from regulators, planners and site owners/lessors will force site operators to become more focused both on the prevention of future environmental damage, and sorting out historical contamination.
If you take even a brief look at the proposed contaminated land regime, you can see that help is needed with the complex regulatory obligations for waste transfer stations. House Clearance Sheffield can report that the new rules will be enforced by your local authority and Environment Agency region. These bodies will be responsible for the identification, inspection, and overseeing of investigation, remediation and registration of potentially contaminated land. The new regime reinforces the principle of the ‘polluter pays’. Waste transfer stations sites are likely to be targeted as an industrial sector of potential concern. House Clearance Sheffield says by gaining some kind of understanding of the new regime, will you be able to make informed decisions about the future of your business. The guidance available to date details a series of key principles:
• For a site to be classified as contaminated land there needs to be a ‘significant pollutant linkage’, demonstrated via the ‘source-pathway-receptor’ model [In other words, the contaminant has to be able to reach the receptor potentially at risk (e.g. site users) by means of a pathway (e.g. skin contact)]. All elements of this ‘source-pathway-receptor’ model need to be in place, for there to be a problem).
• Apportioning liability for contamination – i.e. determining who caused or knowingly permitted the contamination. If this person cannot be traced, the responsibility falls on the current owner or occupier, however there are tests which can prove their exclusion from liability. As an example, take a site where contaminated land has been treated. If the site is ‘sold with information’ (i.e. the environmental issues have been characterised), liability passes from the seller to the buyer.
• Remediation should be to a ‘suitable for use’ standard, applying the best practical technique taking account of reasonableness, practicality, effectiveness, durability and efficiency. A specialist understanding of the legislation and environmental issues, that an experienced consultant can provide, should ensure that these principles are applied to the satisfaction of both operator and regulator. Should an environmental problem be suspected at your site, House Clearance Sheffield can advise that there are a series of measures you can take to avoid, in the worst case, criminal liability:
• Initially, a preliminary assessment of the site, using a variety of sources including interviews, historical records and site observation.
• From this, a tailored ground investigation can be undertaken, to characterise site soil and groundwater contamination. Depending on the chemical analysis results and site conditions, this stage may need to be repeated.
• Risk assessment can then be used to determine the implications of site conditions from a human health perspective, or in relation to sensitive aquatic receptors.
• Depending on the results, some form of remediation may be necessary. A wide range of treatment is now available. The most suitable course of action depends on many factors and is typically site specific. If a merchant intends to cease operations, move or redevelop a property, then the process briefly outlined above may apply. In all scenarios a merchant will need to satisfy the regulators that their site is not adversely impacting the environment or harming human health. If a merchant is buying a site then it is vital to ensure that there are no existing environmental liabilities associated with the site (which the purchaser may inherit), or that the site is not located within an environmentally sensitive area. House Clearance Sheffield adds with all these obligations, comes a need to understand environmental issues. By definition environmental issues are complex, involving a wide range of disciplines including the sciences, hydrogeology, engineering, legislation and risk assessment. The snap shot of legislation and guidance detailed above shows why some merchants may need further advice. Environmental consultants can help you meet your new and existing obligations, and ensure effective negotiation with regulators.
House Clearance Sheffield asks how regulated is the recycling industry?
• The planned implementation of the new contaminated land regime;
• The Operator Pollution Risk Appraisal (OPRA for waste) site inspection strategy proposed by the DETR (Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions);
• The increased complexity of surrendering a waste management licence under Part II of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.
• The Environment Agency’s advertising campaign detailing types of pollution threats that need to be eliminated from recycling sites.