Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has become the first council in the UK with an in-house recycling and waste collection service to achieve accredited Competence Management System (CMS) certification from Lloyd’s Register, the only certification body able to make this award. This a significant achievement for the waste transfer station at Pembroke Road, Aylesbury and recognises the professional competence of both key staff and the systems in place for the safe management of waste.
The scheme, run by Energy & Utility Skills, is recognised and approved by Defra and the Welsh Government as a method of demonstrating technical competence of permitted sites. It removes the need for a technically competent person with a CIWM/WAMITAB operator’s certificate. Instead, it specifies requirements for a management system, which enables an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objectives that take into account legal requirements and to demonstrate the competence required to satisfy the regulatory requirements of holding an environmental permit.
Working closely with 360 Environmental, the team at AVDC took eight months to put the necessary processes in place to achieve CMS certification. Before making the award, Lloyd’s Register carried out two detailed audits to ensure that processes were robust, fully understood and effectively implemented.
David Derrick, UK&I Area Operations Manager, and Judith Turner, Technical Manager, at Lloyd’s Register, presented the certificate to the AVDC team including Amy Bridgford, Rebecca Newbutt, David Clark, Lee Davis, Lisa Higgins and Steve Chilton at the Pembroke Road site.
Amy Bridgford, AVDC’s Operations Manager, said: “Myself and the wider team are incredibly proud of our certification, our site and our operation. Our accredited CMS certification has provided ultimate business continuity and allowed us to develop and expand on our technical competence knowledge.”
David Derrick, Lloyd’s Register UK Area Operations Manager, said: “The team at Aylesbury Vale District Council has demonstrated a robust approach to their CMS, which ensures that everyone involved with the environmental permit is competent to carry out their role. Achieving independent third-party certification from LR sends a strong signal to AVDC’s stakeholders that they take competence management and permit compliance very seriously.”
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, AVDC Cabinet Member for Waste and Licensing said: “This is a great achievement by the team at Pembroke Road and yet another demonstration of AVDC’s determination to be a class leading authority.”