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Waste Management in the Rural Sector Royal Agricultural College Friday 23 November
How waste is perceived
Indifference – waste has always been back of house, low cost, low visibility
Unglamorous - none of the attractions of IT, HR or finance
Subsequently a low priority, no great need to change the way waste is handled.
INCREASED COST HAS CHANGED PERCEPTIONS
Typical waste management c.2001
Legislation leading to an end to the UKs dependence on cheap access to landfill
Landfill infrastructure running out fast
Public perceptions of waste and recycling changing
The EU Landfill Directive 1999
Made the environmental case for reducing landfill disposal.
Set binding targets to reduce the volumes of waste member states send to landfill. Fiscal penalties for non-compliance
Introduced new requirements for landfill site operators to make provision for maintenance of the sites long after operations cease
Pre-treatment - finally introduced in the UK in October 2007
Packaging Waste Regulations
Still widely misunderstood- some respected high profile names still getting caught
Relatively easy for companies to buy their way out of their obligations
Some companies who are operating excellent recycling schemes are falling foul of the regulations
PRN system is seen by some as a tax on recycling
Introduced in 1996 in response to the forthcoming LD
Larger increases since 2007 budget – now a major driver of the increase in waste costs
Still very low in UK relative to our EU neighbours - eg Ireland
By 2012 total landfill costs could be well over £100 / tonne
Public perception – image is everything
Recycling will cease to be optional
Commercially essential to reduce costs
Consumers will demand best practice
Legislative barriers to old methods of disposal
Many firms still aren’t ready
Research carried out by the EA recently suggests that a third of small businesses aren’t aware of the requirement to pre-treat their waste - that’s up to 1.6million firms who could be breaking the law and are potentially liable to EA fines.
Recycling is no longer optional
A quote from an accountant in the Daily Telegraph in response to the pre-treatment laws
“… the first step towards making it illegal not to recycle”
Daily Telegraph 15 November 2007
Recycling adds ££££s
Every tonne of material removed from the landfill stream saves the organisation upwards of £50.00
Some recyclable materials command revenue – cardboard and plastic, metals, textiles, EPS
Why would you put it into landfill?
What happens when there is too much recycling?
Consumer demand for recycled products
Most recyclables are derived from finite resources - oil, etc
Pressure on land use for pulp – more profitable to grow food or fuel crops.
Low cost of shipping recycled goods to areas of high demand (far east) from western consumer economies