If you operate a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) or similar premises, it is likely that you must have a Technically Competent Manager (TCM) present in person for at least 20% of your operating hours.

Your TCM must hold a valid and in-date COTC cover (Certificate of Technical Competence), a professional qualification that can be obtained from WAMITAB and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

However, sometimes you might find yourself without a TCM for your recycling facility, due to sickness, incomplete training or any kind of long-term absence. In these circumstances, we provide COTC cover for recycling facilities to bridge the gap.

This ensures you continue to comply with your operating permit from the Environment Agency, you can avoid a potentially unlimited fine and prison sentence, and you can find or train a permanent TCM in-house.

If you would like to know more, fill in our Contact Us form or call us today on 07710 200 333 and we can arrange COTC cover for your MRF as soon as possible.

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Preventing risks at recycling facilities

Recycling facilities, especially larger MRFs, pose a variety of risks to personnel and to members of the public who access your site. Having a TCM on-site for a significant percentage of your operating hours allows you to take action on avoidable risks.

This is required of you by law, but it also makes good sense to act on any identified risks, as preventing incidents can avoid investigations, interruptions to business, unlimited fines and possible jail terms.

Recycling facilities can also be at higher risk of fire, whether by accident or due to arson, and you should pay special attention to any combustible materials and sources of ignition.

What we do for you

Our services go beyond short-term COTC cover, to ensure you have everything you need in place for the long term.

Some examples of this include:

  • Interim COTC cover for MRFs
  • COTC training available for your in-house TCM
  • Fire Prevention Plan to help you meet Environment Agency demands

Together, these can meet the terms of your operating permit, while reducing the risk of a serious health and safety incident occurring on your premises.

Finally, if you collect recyclable materials by skip, we can produce bespoke Site Health & Safety Manuals that reduce the risk of an incident involving one of your skips while it is hired out or in transit.

Contact us today

Recycling Training Services are here to help with any enquiries or questions you might have. Please don’t hesitate if you would like to know more about COTC cover for recycling facilities, training and retraining for Technically Competent Managers, or our Site Health & Safety Manuals and Fire Prevention Plans.

We work with recycling facilities all over the UK, so if you’d like to know if we’re already in your area, just ask – we welcome all enquiries.

You can fill in our online enquiry form on our Contact Us page for a prompt response from a member of our team. Or if you’d rather talk over the phone, just call 07710 200 333 and we’ll be happy to talk through what you need and how we can help.

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