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Waste legislation overview and update - Environment Agency – Gitty Ankers

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  • Hello my name is Geoff Pinn I work for the Environment Agency. Its nice to see you here today. Sue has asked me to come here today to give you an update on legislation that may affect your business, I will tell you how they will affect the way you and what you should do. I also have some really useful tools and websites that we have produced to help you know your environmental responsibilities and where you can go for help. I am also here to tell you that we are here to help so if you have any queries that I am available to talk to either now or on the phone later. A bit about me, I work in the Waste Audit and Compliance Team at Exminster. We are a new team that has been set up. Our team also covers hazardous waste producers, packaging, WEEE, waste planning, waste education and awareness. Part of my job is to come and talk to businesses and encourage you to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste by providing encouragement, advice and guidance..

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  • New rules on handling your business waste Gitty Ankers Technical Specialist, Environment Agency
  • What’s in store?
    • Waste - a growing challenge
    • Its time to reduce, reuse and recycle
    • Duty of Care
    • Waste Carriers and Brokers
    • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
    • Hazardous Waste Regulations
    • Agricultural Waste
    • Where to get help and information
  • Public opinion
  • Public opinion
  • A growing challenge - why?
  • Some small businesses may now be directly regulated for the first time, e.g. WEEE and Landfill Directive Title Slides Your audience needs to know who you are and what you are going to talk about. Give your presentation an opening slide showing the title of your presentation, your name and position or job title. Keep it simple. Your audience is far more likely to be distracted at the start of the presentation, when they are still settling down. Job titles should be kept to a single phrase - ‘Managing Director’ or ‘Events Manager’ - and qualifications used only if they are strictly relevant to your audience or presentation. Your closing slide should mirror the opening one, showing the title of the presentation and any contact details, if those are relevant. You can duplicate blank title slides, either by holding down Ctrl and click-dragging into the desired position in Slide Sorter mode (View - Slide Sorter), or by using Insert - New Slide - Title Slide. How will SMEs be affected by new environmental legislation?
  • The Landfill Regulations
    • What’s happened?
    • Changes to the Landfill Regulations - October 30th 2007
    • All non hazardous waste must be pre treated or “sorted” before it goes to landfill
    • Why?
    • - Increase waste minimisation, recycling and recovery
    • - Reduce amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill
    • - Reduce green house gas emissions from landfill (contribute to climate change)
    Don’t panic
  • What do I have to do?
    • Businesses must pre-sort waste that goes to landfill.
    • Opportunity to look at your waste streams and recycle more of your waste
    • If you recycle one waste stream e.g. PAPER you are already complying with the changes. But why not try and recycle more.
    • You must sort your waste i.e. recycle it squashing your cardboard does not count.
    ☺ !
  • How do I treat my waste ?
    • Speak to your waste contractor
    • Ask them :
    • 1) Can they sort your waste for you ?
    • 2) Can they provide recycling bins/skips so you can separate out and recycle your waste e.g. paper, glass, cardboard and plastic.
    • OR
    • 3) DIY – set up a recycling system and take it to a licensed transfer station or landfill
    • - Got limited space , no room for lots of bins just recycle one waste stream.
    • - If you have more space you could order several skips/bins to separate out and recycle more.
  • Examples of what you could recycle
    • A florist could reuse any spare paper and recycle any cardboard and look at composting any old flowers.
    • A plumber could recycle copper pipes and any rubble or wood generated.
    • A restaurant decides to separate glass and cardboard from general waste and send it for recycling.
    • A small bakery could separate the paper, cardboard and plastic for recycling.
    • a retailer - could recycle cardboard boxes, plastic wrapping and carrier bags. Any remaining food and contaminated packaging could go to landfill.
  • Duty of Care - Paperwork
    • You need proof that you have sorted your waste before it goes to landfill.
    • We don’t want to create extra paperwork so…..
    • When sending waste to landfill make a note on your transfer note identifying what waste has been separated
    • REMEMBER - You have a Duty of Care to responsibly dispose of your waste
    • A transfer note must accompany movements of waste.
    • They must be kept for 2 years.
  • Copy of transfer note There is no template for a transfer note you can make your own one. A copy can be found on our website
  • Enforcement of the landfill regulations
    • Light touch on enforcement
    • providing advice to those who are unaware of the legislation
    • targeting landfill operators and encouraging waste producers to separate their waste.
    • Ensuring use of a declaration form/transfer note to prove waste has been sorted.
    • Fly tipping will not be tolerated - if you know someone who is doing it or offering cheap too good to be legal waste disposal services tells us 0800 807060
  • Are you a registered carrier of waste ?
    • If you carry waste or other people’s waste you must register with the Environment Agency.
    • Cost £144 for three years.
    • See link http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/444304/444641/1789660/1575883/?version=1&lang=_e
    • It is an offence not to register and we do spot checks with the police.
  • Fly-tipped business waste can often be traced to the producer. Watch out if you’ve used an unauthorised carrier!
  • Your waste, your responsibility…….
    • Is storage and handling safe and does it comply with the law?
    • Where does your waste go?
      • Get to know your contractor! Is s/he legal?
    • Reduce, re-use and recycle!
      • Every bit of waste needs thinking about - why are you wasting it? Review all your waste production and try to eliminate waste
  • Quick and Easy - 10 point checklist
  • WEEE Regulations - key features
    • new equipment to be marked;
    • retailers to offer in-store take-back or establish alternative collection network;
    • all separately collected WEEE to be treated;
    • all treatment sites to be regulated;
    • recovery and recycling targets for various categories of separately collected WEEE;
    • manufacturers / importers to fund treatment / recycling;
    • separate arrangements for non-household WEEE
  • Agricultural Waste
    • The regulatory controls:
    • Regulations implemented 15 May 2006
    • Stop tipping and stop burning
    • Duty of Care
    • Register exemptions
    • Waste management licensing
    • Waste Carrier Registration
    • Hazardous waste controls
  • What is Hazardous Waste?
    • These are some of the wastes which can be hazardous:
    • Asbestos, Batteries
    • Herbicides and pesticides
    • Animal healthcare wastes eg used syringes, dressings and some drugs
    • Fluorescent tubes and CRT
    • computer monitors
    • Our Guidance on definition
    • of hazardous waste
    • www.environment-agency.gov.uk/wm2
  • Dealing with Hazardous Waste
    • It’s the producer’s responsibility to ensure:
    • Registration of premises where more 200kg of hazardous waste/year is produced
    • Use of hazardous waste consignment notes
    • Use of licensed facilities to deal with hazardous waste
    • Keeping records
    • Our guidance on dealing with Hazardous waste:
    • www.environment-agency.gov.uk/hazwaste
  • Manufacture and use of chemicals - Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH)
    • If you manufacture, import, sell or use chemical substances you must comply with the REACH Regulation.
    • REACH aims to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment through the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances.
  • REACH- Key dates
    • 1 June 2007: REACH came into force.
    • 1 June 2008: European Chemicals Agency becomes operational.
    • 1 June 2008 to 30 November 2008: Pre-registration period.
    • 1 June 2008: Registration, evaluation and authorisation begins.
  • REACH- Key issues
    • Industry should:
    • work out what their REACH responsibilities are as soon as possible.
    • make an inventory of chemical substances that your business makes and uses.
    • contact suppliers to make sure they are aware of interests.
    • Pre-registration is very important – by pre-registering full registration can be delayed for up to 11 years, depending on the quantities and types of chemical substances dealt with.
    • The Health and Safety Executive is the competent authority for REACH in the UK and will run a helpdesk providing advice on REACH.
  • So what help is out there? www.defra.gov.uk/ENVIRONMENT/WASTE/brew/factsheets.htm REDUCE RE-USE RE-CYCLE REWARDS Landfill Tax BREW fund Business Link National programmes Carbon Trust Envirowise/ REC NISP WRAP Regional Programmes Environment Agency Envision
  • Where can I get more advice? www.netregs.gov.uk For free plain English advice on environmental legislation and good practice tips
  • Pollution Prevention Pays pack More info go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ppg
  • Agency Information & Guidance
    • Guidance on Treatment of non-hazardous wastes for landfill, Feb 07
    • Frequently asked questions, V2
    • Briefing Notes on
      • Treatment of non-hazardous wastes for landfill
    • Factsheets for general business, landfill operators and waste carriers.
    • Flyer – ‘Your waste’
    • Web address: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/landfilldirective
    • Phone no: 08708 506506
  • In 5 quick and easy steps
    • Minimise and separate waste and manage resources and raw materials wisely - to save you money.
    • Contact your skip operator
    • You need to know your responsibilities and ensure that your waste has been sorted before it goes to landfill.
    • Tighten your Duty of Care checking to help rule out fly tipping. Report fly tipping or illegal activities – so we can stop the cowboys and make it fairer for you.
    • Get a declaration from your waste operator or landfill site to prove your waste was treated by a licensed operator.
  • what you need to do
    • Ensure that you meet your duty of care and your waste is being managed properly.
    • IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE NOT TO
    • Create less hazardous waste through prevention and reduction (design-out hazardous constituents)
    • Improve treatment technologies to deal with wastes produced
    • KEEP IN TOUCH WITH CHANGING LEGISLATION
  • For further help
    • We are happy to help give us a call.
    • Gitty Ankers - Waste Compliance on 01208 265060
    • [email_address]