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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.
    • Typical waste management c.2001
    • What changed?
      • 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
    • Landfill Tax
      • Introduced in 1996 in response to the forthcoming LD
      • Larger increases since 2007 budget – now a major driver of the increase in waste costs
      • Politically neutral
      • Still very low in UK relative to our EU neighbours - eg Ireland
    • Landfill Tax
      • 2003 =£14
      • 2004 =£15
      • 2005 =£18
      • 2006 =£21
      • 2007 =£24
      • 2008 =£32
      • 2009 =£40
      • 2010 =£48
      • 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