Changes to the way in which garages are permitted to use small waste oil burners (SWOBs) are due to be challenged by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) and the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) in a meeting with Rory Stewart, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs next month.
The new legislation removes the exemption from the Waste Incineration Directive for Small Waste Oil Burners, and will require garages to hold a new permit which carries a £3218 application and annual fees of £1,384.
The IGA has warned that there will be additional charges that will further increase costs to cover additional monitoring requirements.
Fall in oil prices
The IGA’s director, Stuart James, and the GEA’s chief executive, Dave Garratt, say the impact analysis which was carried out did not reflect the current economic model of waste oil collection given the recent dramatic falls in the value of oil.
Stuart James said: “The revisions to guidance will make it uneconomical to use a SWOB for the purpose it was intended as it significantly increases the costs for small garages.
“This will inevitably be passed on to consumers through higher labour rates.”
Dave added that it’s inappropriate to treat a 0.05Mw SWOB in the same way as a 50Mw industrial process.
He said: “The revised guidance takes no account of the high levels of technology in modern SWOBs which make it far better for the environment to burn waste oil on site than to store and transport it by road to an industrial incinerator.”
The news will provide a sense of optimism for independents who have been left angered by what seems to be a counter-productive tax bill.
GW reader, Anne Clark wrote: “Our business cannot support a £3000 bill to turnout waste oil, nor can we support an additional electricity bill which also pollutes the air.
“The cost of transporting new oil to us on a tanker and the pollution of a tanker taking away they waste oil and disposing of it, where is the logic?”
Another reader, Trevor Rose of Motorvation-Ltd said: “I am sure our customers will be totally understanding on why labour rates would have to increase to cover the extra costs.”
Will you continue to use your SWOB, if so what fuel will you be using? Or will the permit fees force you to look for alternative ways to stay warm? Leave your comments and any concerns below.