17 February 2012
Waste management has never been higher on the public agenda. Politicians from all spectrums – at global, national and local levels – argue about it. In the current harsh economic climate the concept of re-using and recycling, or make do and mend, has never been more relevant. Facilities managers can deliver significant cost savings to the organisation by reviewing waste management policies and procedures. Add to this the obvious environmental concerns, and it is an issue that you simply can’t ignore.But just because it is a fashionable topic, don’t be fooled into thinking that it is something for companies to aspire to; an aspect of corporate social responsibility that it would be nice to have, but not essential. Recent amendments to waste regulations and a promise of even tighter controls to come in 2015 mean that facilities managers have specific rules to which they must adhere. New amendments to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations came into force at the end of September 2011, adding extra facets to the original ‘waste hierarchy’.Key features of the new regulationsThe September amendments introduced some extra steps in the waste hierarchy chain. The hierarchy sets out, in order of priority, the options for managing waste that should be considered prior to disposal. In order of priority, these are:
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