There is now a new trade association which will represent the United Kingdom’s skip hire and waste transfer sector. This area was in need of a new grouping to publicize its members and publish standards, so the Waster welcomes the formation this new association.
We understand that URoc was an idea which started going the rounds several months ago and its founder group started out by communicating through the UK “Skip Hire Magazine”.
We also think that the final spur to getting this body started will he have been the lobbying skip hire contractors carried out in this sector, when the UK Tax Authorities last month issued a very problematic clarification of the tax status of the use of ‘trommel fines’ at landfill sites.
It seems that their protests about skip company insolvencies looming as a result of the change, have been taken seriously and their case is being considered by the UK government, as a result of the industry pressure which has been applied on the subject.
So, URoc (Resource Operators Consortium) will be a voice for the skip hire, waste transfer and materials recycling facilities of the UK waste management industry. Indeed URoc has now been born as a ‘not-for-profit’ trade body formed from members from the industry acting for the industry, in a way similar to most industry sector bodies.
We have the following excerpt from their initial starter web home page:
The main objective of URoc is to support the industry in all aspects of its business and responding to Government consultations and guidance documents. It will be a focal point for members to come to for advice and a communication hub for the exchange of ideas and solutions for common issues.Finance generated from membership fees will be used with the sole purpose of furthering the overarching principals of the trade body.A shadow committee has been formed whilst membership grows. URoc maintains a democratic structure and a fully appointed committee will be elected by its members in due course. The URoc shadow committee has attended with the Government authorities to assist in resolving the ‘trommel fines’ issues, which has triggered turmoil in the industry. Working with Government and other key industry stakeholders has resulted in clarification guidance from HMRC. The landfill issue highlighted the urgent and important need to have a collective and united voice that represents our sector.Basic Membership is £10 per month payable as an annual fee of £120. Further membership benefits and packages will be formulated, in the interim we welcome your comments and ideas on exactly how you want to see URoc developed.