On May 1st 1994 a new waste management licensing act became law which required any operator who deposited, recovered or disposed of waste required a waste management licence (WML) or exemption. If you operated without either of these then you could be fined and sent to prison. A WML can be applied for and issued by the relevant regulatory authority usually SEPA or the EA.
Getting A LicenceWhen obtaining a licence, you are required to be a ‘fit and proper person’ as well as being technically competent to do the job. A ‘fit and proper person’ is someone without any environmental convictions, are technically competent and have taken all reasonable precautions to meet their licence requirements. A certificate of technical competence (COTC) is issued by the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB).Metal recyclers do not face the full burden of waste legislation following heavy lobbying of government over the past 10 years. But they still face strict licensing controls and a less strict Duty of Care regime.Metals recyclers in the UK either to have a licence to carry out their work or alternatively have to register for an exemption on grounds of size of business.Over the past two years, and with the support of the metal recycling trade associations, the Environment Agency has been clamping down on unlicensed and non-exempt sites.
Licence conditionsLicences issued under the Act are known as “Metal Recycling Site Licences”. Licence conditions include security fencing, covered storage requirements, road and storage surfacing and drainage, sign and notice boards and other conditions.A key element of the licensing and control system is Duty of Care. As a business, you have a duty to ensure that any waste you produce is handled safely and in accordance with the law. This is the ‘Duty of Care’ and it applies to anyone who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste from business or industry or acts as a waste broker in this respect. This involves the waste producer transferring a document to the waste disposer containing all relevant details about the waste.But the practicalities of always obtaining this document and the fact that some suppliers might choose to go to merchants who did not enforce the rules rigorously prompted a change of heart on the part of the government in agreement with the Environment Agency which enforces the rules.A concession was struck that the Environment Agency would not fully enforce the Duty of Care as far as the non-ferrous metal recycling industry in particular is concerned.This concession was welcomed by the British Secondary Metals Association.
Duty Of CareThe Duty of Care rules apply to materials whether they are destined for recycling or disposal and the Environment Agency has said that the duty of care is the piece of legislation that links waste controls together linking waste with carriers.There is now flexibility in the way the regulations are implemented for generally small loads of material. The Agency has given guidance saying that duty of care must be understood as a concept that requires all reasonable precautions to be taken so that waste, including metals, in the care of a business or carrier doesn’t escape and is carried in a secure container.When it is transferred to a registered broker, carrier, a business registered exempt and others there must be a description of that waste.The agency accepts that it is clearly impractical to have a transfer note for every container of non-ferrous material, and if the way the notes are used allows the next person in the chain to be able to know what it is and handle it properly then the aim of the duty of care is in a large part being achieved.Following the agreement with the British Secondary Metals Association earlier this year, the Agency will not generally take action especially as its resources have been focused on getting unlicensed or unregistered metal recycling sites into the licensing and exemption system.The concessions on the duty of care apply to transactions where the total quantity of scrap metal being transferred does not exceed 1,500 kilogrammes. The transaction may cover a number of different metals but the total weight of the transfer must not be greater than 1,500 kg. This means that if the transfer weight of metals that are waste exceeds the 1,500 kg limit, then the waste transfer note must contain all the details as in the regulations.
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Better co-ordination to stop illegal waste carriers – update from DVSA
(Forward post from DVSA)
The Environment Agency and DVSA will share intelligence and carry out operations to stop illegal waste carriers and improve road safety.
Managing Hazardous Household Waste – Your Roles And Responsibilities
It is no secret that the quantity of household waste produced is increasing year after year at an alarming rate and governments are under pressure to expand existing landfills or build new ones to accommodate the waste that is being produced.
What is Hazardous Household Waste?
Household waste is leftover from household goods or products. Hazardous household waste are household products which contain chemicals that has the potential to affect plants, the health of humans and animals and are detrimental to the environment when handled improperly
Improper management of household waste has the potential to be very detrimental to the environment, people and animals. What many of us may not realise is that many of those common household products contain corrosive, toxic or flammable chemicals, that can be hazardous to the environment if not handled or managed properly.
Hazardous household waste should not be disposed of in the same way as regular waste. For example, a gasoline can buried in the ground can affect rivers and find its way into drinking water. The hydrocarbons in motor oils or pesticides have the potential to bio-accumulate in fresh water fishes and can find its way in the food chain. Burning of hazardous waste leads to the release of toxic chemicals and fumes in the air. Once released into the environment these chemicals are dispersed over large areas, thereby affecting the health of persons over a wider area.
Some of these chemicals remain in the systems of plants and animals for a long time and may enter the food chain when the affected plants and animals are consumed.
Bioaccumulation of hazardous compounds in the systems of plants, animals and humans has the potential to affect their reproductive lives, growth, impair the function of various organs such as the liver and kidneys, affect the functioning of the central nervous systems and immune systems of human and animals and some have been listed as known carcinogens.
How Can You Tell a Product is Hazardous?
Read the labels of products. In most countries labels are required for all products. These should provide information on the constituents of the products, including symbols and words to indicate the hazard to animals, humans and the environment if mishandled.
How To Tell If Products Are Hazardous?
Always read the label of products in your household and make it a habit of reading the labels of product before making the decision to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Manage Hazardous Waste?
Purchase Environmentally Friendly Products – Experts agree that, the best way to control waste is to not produce it in the first place. You can start by avoiding the purchase of products that contain chemicals that are harmful to humans, animals and the environment. Purchase those products that are biodegradable or friendly to the environment.
Safe Product Storage – Ensure that hazardous products are stored in a safe place, that their containers are not damaged, do not have any leaks to reduce the risk of contaminating water sources, land, humans, animals, plants and the environment. Ensure that corrosive products like acids are stored in separate areas from other hazardous products.
Check products frequently to ensure that there are no leaks and broken lids or bulging sides.
Always store products in their original containers to avoid unintentional usage.
Ensure that these products are stored in a place where children and animal have no access to them.
Disposal of Products – Disposal of products should always be the last resort. Why? Because there are no safe ways of disposing hazardous waste. You can avoid the dilemma of hazardous waste disposal by either selecting biodegradable products, recycling the product, giving the excess products to friends, neighbours or family or purchasing smaller volumes of the product.
If however disposal is inevitable then you should dispose of the waste in the manner prescribed on the label.
Although there are laws to regulate the handling and use of large quantities of hazardous waste the existence of laws to regulate the typical small quantities generated at the household is non existent. For this reason, the responsibility for the management of hazardous waste falls squarely on the shoulders of the hazardous waste generators.
Protection of the environment can only happen when you play a role in finding creative ways to re-use, recycle or reduce waste. This is essential if we are to safeguard the environment and health of future generations. Remember that Waste Management is Your Business, My Business, Our Business.
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Have you ever wondered where all the rubbish goes after collection? Well, we thought we would let you know.
The UK produces 400 million tons of waste every year. Most comes from quarrying, mining, demolition and construction. Around 30 million tons is household waste. For every ton of household rubbish, commercial, industrial and construction businesses produce a further six.
In London your waste will initially end up at Viridor Waste Management plant at Crayford, south-east of London, where they try to sort it out.
About 4,000 tons of stuff for recycling arrives here each week, from nearly 30 local authorities’ recycling collections. “This is a tiny fraction of what London produces,” shouts Mary Corin, Grosvenor’s director of recycling development.
Britain’s biggest waste management site handles the jumbled product of an increasingly common system of collecting recycling, which is known as “commingled”. Instead of cans, bottles, paper and plastic being loaded into separate compartments on a recycling lorry, “commingled” recycling is compacted in what looks like a normal refuse truck.
Though this system has its critics – Friends of the Earth among them – it is quicker and cheaper for councils to collect it in this way. It doesn’t need to be separated into different hoppers, and because it’s crushed, each truck can collect from many more households. But the councils then pay to have the mess sorted out into its different components at a materials recovery facility such as Grosvenor.
Vast drums rumble around, sifting out cans, small items and glass. Conveyor belts speed past magnets and air jets and photo-recognition equipment, to separate tin from aluminium, paper from plastic. Lines of employees check the final conveyors, plucking out items by hand.
Britain’s rush to recycle, driven by EU and Government targets means UK reprocesses are unable to cope with it all. At least 4 million tons of UK industrial, commercial and household waste is shipped overseas, much of it to feed the economies of India, China and South-east Asia.
Environmental campaigners say this is dumping, and that much of our waste paper, cardboard, plastic and electronics are sorted in an ecologically disastrous system. But China is desperate for every kind of raw material, and, in the madhouse of globalised trade, it makes financial sense to send some of our household plastic and paper there. Many ships that bring Far Eastern imports to Europe would otherwise return all but empty.
Paper is one of the most successful areas of recycling. Around 57 per cent of paper used in the UK is recovered and recycled. Because Britain makes 6 million tons of paper a year, yet imports a further 6 million, UK paper mills are already using all the recycled paper they can. To avoid being dumped or burned, excess “waste” paper must be exported for recycling. British papermakers use a higher proportion of recycled paper (74 per cent) than any other European country (average 45 per cent).
On average, every household uses 373 plastic bottles each year, most of which ends up in the rubbish, only 29 percent are recycled. The quantity of plastic bottles recycled has more than doubled since 2002. Recycling one can save enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to six hours.
Plastic is one of the hardest materials to recycle, as it needs to be sorted. Bottles are the easiest. After being processed into flakes or pellets, they can be remade into fleece jackets, traffic cones, drainage pipes, street furniture, garden furniture, carpets, stuffing for sleeping bags, and toys and playground equipment.
Aluminium drinks cans are most likely go to Novelis Recycling in Warrington, which operates Europe’s only dedicated aluminium can recycling plant. Five billion aluminium cans are used in the UK each year – but nearly two-thirds are dumped, even though aluminium is one of the easiest materials to recycle, one of the most environmentally beneficial and valuable.
It’s the only recyclable material that covers its cost of collection and reprocessing, and can be endlessly recycled with no loss of quality, saving 95 per cent of the energy required to make cans from raw materials. The low recycling rate is mainly because a third of all canned drinks are consumed away from home, and then put in litter bins. “Tin cans” are really steel. Every year some 13 billion are used in the UK, and even though each one is 100 per cent recyclable more than half are landfilled. Recycling at UK steel plants saves up to 75 per cent of energy needed to make new cans from virgin materials.
Glass recycling hit record levels in 2005 – 1,272,000 tons. But this is only 50.8 per cent of the total amount of glass we use. So another 1.2m tons were dumped across the country.
Glass recycling now reduces carbon dioxide emissions by around 200,000 tons each year in the UK, and UK glassmakers used a record 742,000 tons of recycled glass in 2005 (British-made bottles and jars now contain on average 35.5 per cent recycled glass).
Another 250,000 tons of glass from recycling collections were exported to Europe; and 280,000 tons were used in construction or roadmaking.
Low-value, crushed green glass (which cannot be mixed with clear or brown to make new clear glass bottles), or mixed glass is used in building or road materials, for filtration systems in swimming pools, and is even being trialled in place of sand for bunkers on golf courses
Garden & Kitchen waste
This is composted and either sold on to horticultural suppliers, or used in parks. It is the most-collected type of recycling. Local authorities have made great efforts to collect kitchen and garden waste partly because it is quite heavy – and since their recycling rates are measured by weight, this is a good way to boost tonnage, and meet targets. (Plastic, in contrast, is hugely bulky and very light.)
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Great news! We have just passed our FORS re-audit.
A year on and we have just heard the awesome news that we have just passed our FORS re-audit.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme that promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. With over 4,500 members, FORS is gaining recognition as the transport industry’s go-to accreditation scheme. FORS encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance. FORS provides accreditation pathways for operators of any type, and for those organisations that award contracts and specify transport requirements.
FORS accreditation drives best practice across the European fleet industry in terms of safety, efficiency and environmental protection. It also offers guidance and training to help operators attain the Standard.
With the help of our External Transport Manager Nick from TMconsultant.co.uk we're very happy to contribute to Safer Roads in London.
Link2London Grab Hire are specialists in the supply of waste disposal and rubbish removal services for the Greater London area. We love what we do and if you are in need of our services, or you just want to discus your options just get in touch!
Welcome to the Link2London shiny new blog!
Welcome to the Link2London shiny new blog! We’ll be posting really interesting news and views about waste disposal and all things grab hire. We’ll cover topics which we hope you will find useful and you never know might learn something new!
My name is Lucian and I am the founder of Link2London Grab Hire. I have been working in the industry now for 10 years and since the beginning have worked my way up, worked hard and now own my own company. We are a family business and hoep one day my Son will take over from me. However, that’s a few years off yet!!
We are specialists in the supply of waste disposal and rubbish removal services for the Greater London area. We started with just one grab lorry and have steadily grown our fleet, operating 3.5, 18 and 32 tonne vehicles with the reach capacity and on-board equipment to operate in all hard-to-access areas. Priding ourselves on excellence in customer service, our aim is to not only meet but exceed our client’s expectations.
The services we offer are:
- Grab Hire
- Muck Away
- Waste Disposal
- Waste Management
- Aggregate Supply
Our skilled drivers all carry CITB licenses, so you can feel confident that we can operate our machinery to the highest standards. Here at Link2London, we are proud to be FORS Bronze accredited and are a licensed registered waste carrier carrying full public indemnity insurance.
We offer our waste disposal services at competitive rates to both commercial and domestic sectors and are committed to recycling as much waste as possible. No job is too big or too small, so if you would like us to clear your site or you just need some advice, we would love to hear from you.
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