Welcome to the York Green Business Club and its second seminar. We would like to welcome any new members who have recently joined the club. The Club is run by a partnership between YNYBEF and CYC Sustainable Development with a guest partner – Yorwaste. We currently have around 160 members representing a total of 104 businesses and organisations (mainly York city centre).
Recycling Services – focusing on office paper and confidential paper recycling services by Yorwaste and an update and chance to ask questions etc. regarding the recent cardboard recycling collection service.
(also) To provide businesses and organisations in York with practical environmental information and a contact (through the BEF) on environmental issues. The club seminars will provide the opportunity for businesses to learn about different environmental topics and what is being done locally including the work of the BEF and the Council and Yorwaste and other local organisations.
Demonstrate our commitment to Env and Sus Dev and show responsibility – through working in partnership. Recognise that our actions are having an affect on the world around us
There are 2 club seminars a year which focus on a different environmental topic. We are keen to hear from you which topics would be most beneficial for you. It is thought that the next seminar in November will focus on Energy Efficiency. The BEF has recently launched a ‘Network Group’ which was held here at the Hilton in May which provides an opportunity for businesses to come together to learn and share ideas on how to undertake Environmental Management within the business. This network group will be hosted all around the county of North Yorkshire in order to reach out to other businesses, however any business / organisation is welcome to attend. For details of the next seminar (Sept) please keep up to date by looking at Events on our website.
Stress support role – How BEF can help you… Visit our new website if haven’t already. Located at Business Link, Monks Cross, York.
Here is some guidance on waste legislation that may affect you as a business. BEF does not take responsibility for legal advice. Please refer to the Environment Agency for further information.
It is likely that whoever your waste management contractor is, ie City of York Council, Biffa, that because the nature of your waste will not change you will receive 1 waste transfer note annually. Under the law you must keep all waste transfer notes for at least two years. Must be able to demonstrate that your waste is being collected by a registered waste carrier (registered with the Environment Agency) and therefore you know that your waste is being dealt with legally. If your waste is disposed of illegally ie dumped then you can be responsible for this. If you have a lot of expensive waste, particularly hazardous material that will cost a lot of money to dispose of and a waste company comes along and says they can get rid of it for a very good price, be aware!
Replace the Special Waste Regulations. 200kg equates to 5 small domestic fridges, 10 small TV’s, 14 lead acid batteries, The new rules on hazardous waste place a legal requirement on business producing hazardous waste to register the production premises with the Environment Agency by 16 July. The rules also contain three conditions which, if fully met, qualify some businesses for an exemption from registration. Is yours one of them? 1 If your type of business is not listed below then you must register: offices and shops agricultural premises charities, halls/other premises used for public meetings caravans and campsites prisons and other penal institutions premises at which waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected dental, medical and veterinary practices residential homes and nursing homes (including care homes) universities, schools and other educational establishments all ships. 2 Do you produce less than 200kg of hazardous waste in any 12 month period? Even if you are in the list above - if you produce 200kg or more in a year you must register. 3 Is all your waste collected by a registered waste carrier (or an exempt carrier)? If you don’t take steps to ensure that your waste contractor is a registered carrier then you must register as a producer. If you meet ALL of the above conditions then you don’t need to register with the Environment Agency as a hazardous waste producer. For exempt premises no notification or proof is needed or given. If you think you do have to register as a hazardous waste producer please see what to do on our website:
Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill - This is one of the reasons why the cost of trade waste collections has gone up. Government is under pressure to bring the tax in the UK into line with the rest of Europe. If you recycle your waste, ask your waste management contractor to reduce the size of your bin to decrease the cost of collection.
Sustainable Development Presentation (MS Powerpoint)
York Green Business Club York and North Yorkshire Business Environmental Forum City of York Council – Sustainable Development Yorwaste Ltd
Seminar Content <ul><li>York Green Business Club – Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Waste Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing and Recycling Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Current Recycling Services </li></ul>
Aim of the York Green Business Club: To enable businesses demonstrate their commitment to the environment, increase the image of the city and ensure it remains a popular and attractive place to visit, work and live.
York Green Business Club Why ? <ul><li>Opportunity for businesses to take action to improve environmental performance </li></ul><ul><li>Comply with environmental legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce costs and enhance profitability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing pressure from Government, Legislation, Financial, Supply Chain pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Improve relationships with clients, customers, banks and insurance companies </li></ul><ul><li>ACT NOW; NOT TOMORROW ! </li></ul>
Club Seminars <ul><li>Energy efficiency – heating and lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Waste and Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Water efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Supply chain </li></ul><ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Procurement </li></ul>
York and North Yorkshire Business Environmental Forum (BEF) <ul><li>www.here4greenbusiness.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01904 656769 </li></ul>
Waste Legislation <ul><li>Duty of Care </li></ul><ul><li>Special or Hazardous Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Packaging Waste Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Landfill Tax </li></ul><ul><li>www.environment-agency.gov.uk/netregs </li></ul>
Duty of Care <ul><li>Applies to all businesses / organisations </li></ul><ul><li>You should ensure that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All waste is stored and disposed of responsibly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste is only handled or dealt with by individuals or businesses that are authorised to deal with it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A record is kept of all waste received or transferred through a system of signed Waste Transfer Notes (WTN) that describes the waste and its origin. </li></ul></ul>
Special or Hazardous Waste <ul><li>Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 16 th July </li></ul><ul><li>Includes many every day items not previously classed as hazardous such as ELV, Fridges and Freezers, TV’s and computer monitors, Fluorescent light tubes </li></ul><ul><li>Exemption for small volume (around 200kg) producers to notify Environment Agency </li></ul>
Packaging Waste Regulations <ul><li>These apply to bigger businesses which requires them to recover and recycle a percentage of their packaging waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Applies to businesses with an annual turnover of £2 million and which handles more than 50 tonnes per year of packaging. </li></ul>
Landfill Tax <ul><li>The tax is designed to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to encourage businesses to reduce and recycle waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently £15 per tonne of waste </li></ul><ul><li>Will continue to rise £3 per year until it reaches £35 per tonne. </li></ul>