The Waste Framework Directive sets out the best practice approach to waste management. This page contains practical guidance to help you meet those legal obligations.

Waste prevention

Waste prevention is all about avoiding waste production in the first place, or finding ways to minimise the amount of waste you produce.

A starting point might be the procurement process. Significant environmental gains and reduction in waste can be achieved with small adjustments to purchasing decisions

Review your purchasing policy and consider:
  • The green credentials of suppliers
  • The quantities of materials you order
  • Leasing items and take back schemes
  • The use of recycled materials (don’t just think recycling) – minimise virgin
  • A returns policy with suppliers for recycling
  • The reusability of material, how easily it is upgraded or repaired
  • The toxicity of material, think about the carbon footprint of purchases
  • Transport and delivery options
  • Is the resource fit for purpose and providing value for money?
  • Is the resource energy efficient?
Waste management through to disposal

The key elements of a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) highlighted below can assist all organisations in waste management best practice .

Once the purchase process has been reviewed the next steps are
  • Allocating responsibility to someone within the organisation for all waste
  • Clearly identifying the waste produced at each stage of production
  • Setting targets for waste produced – including levels of re-use, recycle and disposal. Keep those records and show continuous improvement. Review and improve policies.
  • Setting aside areas for storing waste – this must be separate from new material. Make sure waste is segregated by different types and stored in both secure and appropriately labelled containers
  • Having measures in place to deal with expected and unexpected hazardous waste
  • Considering how you deal with liquid waste including wash-down water and lubricants
  • Making sure you are fully compliant with all your duty of care responsibilities – including consignment paperwork. Making sure waste leaving your site is correctly measured and labelled. Ensuring your waste carrier is registered to handle your waste
  • Ensuring that all staff are fully trained on the company’s waste obligations and how to avoid and reduce waste production

Your Safetykleen waste management representative can advise on best practices and help you comply with waste regulatory obligations placed on your business.

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