Unit 206 Environmental Protection in the Waste & Recycling Industry

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Unit 206 Environmental Protection in the Waste & Recycling Industry

  1. 1. 7517 Principles of Sustainable Resource Management Unit 206 Understand Environmental Protection in the Waste and Recycling Industry
  2. 2. Learning outcomes  There are three learning outcomes to this unit. The learner will:  1. Understand potential hazards to the environment when working in the waste & recycling industry  2. Understand how to reduce environmental impact from waste and waste materials  3. Understand the impact of waste materials on the environment
  3. 3. Understand potential hazards to the environment when working in the waste & recycling industry  Hazards that impact on the environment      Emissions Releases of hazardous materials Discharge of liquids/waste Fly tipping Litter  All have an impact and cause harm
  4. 4. Environmental Risk Assessment  Society is increasingly conscious of the harm that its activities can cause to the environment, and the harm to people or the loss of quality of life that can result from environmental degradation.  Manage our activities to minimise risk  Ensuring economic growth and social progress
  5. 5. Environmental Risk Assessment  Safety of public  Environment      Land Water Air Wildlife Plants and crops
  6. 6. Environmental Risk Assessment  Risk assessors  Environment agency  Local government
  7. 7. Environmental Risk Assessment hazards and risks  Hazard:  Risk:  The inherent potential  The likelihood that for something to cause harm.  Hazards can include substances, machines, energy forms, or the way work is carried out. harm will actually be done by the realisation of the hazard during the work being carried out or  by the way something is used. Risk = Hazard × Exposure.
  8. 8. Environmental Risk Assessment The key stages 1. Hazard identification.  2. Identification of consequences if the hazard was to occur  3. Size and scale of the hazard Estimation of the probability of the consequences  5. What could happen? Estimation of the magnitude of the consequences  4. Identifying the property or situation that could lead to harm Chance it could happen Evaluating the significance of a risk  likelihood of the hazard being realised and the severity of the consequences.
  9. 9. Source-Pathway-Receptor Sources Examples: Contaminated soils Contaminated water Leaking drums Industrial process releases Hazardous materials Waste Pathways Examples: Air Water Soil Food chain Receptors Examples: People Domestic and commercial property Infrastructure Ecosystems Animals Plants Controlled waters
  10. 10. Exercise 1  Research harm to the environment of following potential hazards:      Emissions Releases of hazardous materials Discharge of liquids/waste Fly tipping Litter
  11. 11. Exercise 2  Research Statutory Nuisance  What does it mean?  What types of nuisances does it cover?  Give an overview of with examples
  12. 12. Exercise 3  How do we reduce the impact on the environment when working with waste/recycling materials? Give some examples of practice  Research sustainable practices: Life cycle Green purchasing Route planning/optimising Closed loop packaging
  13. 13. Exercise 4  What hazards to the environment do the following materials present: plastic packaging oils, solvents, paints chemicals glass/metals  How can these be minimised?  Identify principle legislation regarding waste materials and the environment...
  14. 14. Statutory Nuisance  Management of statutory nuisance is set out in Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The act places a duty on a local authority to investigate complaints of statutory nuisance from people living within its area.
  15. 15. Statutory Nuisance  The following issues may constitute statutory nuisances:  Noise – from premises, or caused by a vehicle, machinery or equipment in a street  Artificial Light – from premises as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance  Odour, smells or other effluvium  Insects  Smoke  Dust
  16. 16. Statutory Nuisance  Continued…  Premises in such a state as to be prejudicial  Steam, fumes or gases  Accumulation or deposit  Animals kept in such a place or manner as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance  Any other matter declared by any enactment to be a statutory nuisance
  17. 17. Statutory Nuisance  Where a local authority establishes any one of these issues constitutes a nuisance (i.e. is unreasonably interfering with the use or enjoyment of someone’s premises) or is prejudicial to health they must generally serve an abatement notice on the person responsible. Failure to comply with the notice could result in the person being prosecuted.  Litter, graffiti and dog fouling are not classed as a Statutory Nuisance.
  18. 18. Policies and Legislation  Environmental Protection Act  Duty of Care  Hazardous Waste Regulations  Waste Carriers Regulations  Waste Strategy for England 2007  Waste Regulations 2011
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  20. 20. Group discussion  How does your organisation’s sites impact to the environment?  Think about and research:       Interceptors Wheel washing Containment Storage Pest/vermin control Oil bunds minimise the

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