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WASTE MANAGEMENT POLICY - BASSETT WASTE LTD LONDON, CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility

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London | City of London | East End | West End | Westminster

BASSETT WASTE LTD aims and objectives are to provide tangible solutions to social, economic and environmental sustainability challenges in its rubbish and waste collection services in London.

Bassett Waste Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aim is to satisfy society's changing needs and encourage sustainable recycling for the benefit of the communities we serve.

WASTE MANAGEMENT POLICY STATEMENT

1. Introduction

Currently Bassett Waste Ltd Recycle up to 80% of all the rubbish and waste collected in London from Commercial, Business Clients, Retail and also Domestic Clients.

BASSETT WASTE LTD is committed to reducing the impact of waste and rubbish on the environment by managing the waste/rubbish collected in an efficient and sustainable manner.  Due to the diverse nature of activities undertaken by the company, a wide variety of wastes are collected, ranging from general wastes and recyclable materials, through to special and hazardous wastes.  Bassett Waste accepts it has a duty to ensure that all of these wastes are disposed of responsibly by our waste collection services.

Not recycling waste as efficiently as possible is bad for the environment

Waste can be classified generally as anything that someone no longer has a use for, or does not want anymore.  In the UK 67% of municipal waste and 54% of commercial and industrial waste is sent to landfill.  Only 23% of municipal waste is recycled or composted and 35% of commercial or industrial.

Putting waste into landfill is not sustainable, and as a society we need to learn to do more with less.  We strive to make better use of resources by putting materials to better use by increased recycling and reduce our impact on the environment.

2. Bassett Waste Policy Statement

There is a legal requirement for all who produce, keep or dispose of waste of any type to comply with the various regulations and the Duty of Care under Environmental Protection legislation.  Bassett Waste recognises the importance of meeting these legal requirements and to manage its waste responsibly, reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill and maximise reuse and recycling where possible.

Bassett Waste requires all management, staff, sub-contractors and anyone else who we engage with to comply with this Policy to ensure compliance with all waste legislation.

In accordance with this Policy Statement Bassett Waste will fulfil the following Policy Objectives:

3. Policy Objectives
The objectives of this policy are:
  • To ensure that waste management is performed in accordance with all waste legislative requirements, including the duty of care, and to plan for the future legislative changes and to mitigate their effects.
  • To minimise waste generation at source by advising clients and facilitate repair, reuse and recycling over the disposal of waste, where it is cost effective.
  • To provide clearly defined roles and responsibilities to identify and co-ordinate each activity within the waste management chain.
  • To promote environmental awareness in order to increase and encourage waste minimisation, reuse and recycling.
  • To secure where possible revenue for recyclable material to reinvest into the expansion of recycling opportunities within the company.
  • To ensure the safe handling and storage of wastes at all times.
  • To provide appropriate training for management, staff and other stakeholders on waste management issues.
  • To promote industry waste management best practice.
  • To appoint competent person(s) to provide waste management advice.
  • The company will encourage the use of Electronic communication where possible discouraging the printing of E-mails.
  • Where practicable buy and promote the use of environmentally friendly products.  This would mean avoiding using non-renewable resources or products that are polluting in their production and use.
  • Trying to purchase items with minimal packaging and ensuring that the product is durable and repairable.
  • Compost the organic waste from Grounds Maintenance and reuse on residential sites.
  • If disposal is the only option left then the company will ensure that the Best Practicable Option (BPEO) is used.
  • The company will adhere to the Special Waste Regulations 1996 for all chemical/hazardous waste.
  • Review the Waste Management Strategy annually setting targets for improvement and reduction.

4. Application
This policy applies to all activities undertaken by (or on behalf of) Bassett Waste including those of its management, staff, subcontractors etc.

5. Legislation
The Environment Act 1995 - the Environment Agency has been made responsible for issuing waste management licenses and other aspects of waste regulation. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 - The majority of waste generated by the companys activities is controlled waste.  This is described in section 74(4) of the EPA 1990 as the waste arising from household, commercial or industrial premises.  Controlled waste includes waste from offices, food handling, shops and other domestic activities.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 34 Imposes a "Duty of Care" on producers and handlers of waste, "to take reasonable measures to prevent the unauthorised deposit, treatment or disposal of waste." This means the following:
  • Bassett Waste where appropriate will keep records of how much waste it is generating and disposing.
  • Bassett Waste will ensure that a registered carrier collects their waste.
  • Bassett Waste must ensure that all transfer notes are completed and filed detailing the type of waste for disposal.   These must be kept for three years.
  • Ensure that all waste is dealt with in accordance with the "Duty of Care".

Breach of the Duty of Care is a criminal offence and can incur penalties of up to 20,000 or an unlimited fine if convicted on indictment.  The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 (replaces the Special Waste Regulations 1996).

This legislation is relevant to waste that may be hazardous or toxic.  They detail how hazardous waste should be kept, stored, treated and disposed of.  In order to move this type of waste the company will register all sites that produce more than 200kg of hazardous waste per annum with the Environment Agency.  All hazardous waste movements are recorded using the consignment note system and these must be kept for a minimum of 3 years on file.

Hazardous Waste
These are the most dangerous wastes as they can cause the greatest environmental damage or are dangerous to human health.  These wastes are listed in The List of Wastes (England) Regulations 2005.  Some common hazardous wastes are listed below:
Acids Pesticides Fluorescent tubes
Alkaline Solutions Photographic Chemicals Television
Batteries Waste Oils Paint
Solvents Computer Monitors

Other hazardous wastes, such as asbestos and radioactive substances, are subject to their own specific legislation.

Recycling
The diversion of waste, away from landfill or incineration and the reprocessing of those wastes, either into the same product or a different one.  This mainly includes non-hazardous wastes such as paper, glass, cardboard, plastic and scrap metal.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2005

These regulations aim to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is disposed in an appropriate environmentally suitable way at the end of its operational life.
The regulations aim to cover all electrical and electronic equipment used by consumers and professionals, which would end up in the municipal waste stream.  The key principle of this directive is producer responsibility for disposal.  However, the company has protocols in place for the disposal of white goods and electronic equipment.

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 does have implications for waste disposal as it imposes a statutory need to maintain and adhere to safe working practises when handling and disposing of waste.

Best Practicable Environmental Option (BPEO)

The Best Practicable Environmental Option refers to the analysis of different methods of waste disposal.  The preferred option is the one which minimises harm to the environment as a whole, taking into account what is affordable and practicable.

6. Organisation and Management
The responsibilities and organisational arrangements for this Waste Management Policy lie with the senior management of Bassett Waste and overall responsibility with our Chief Executive.



Our Service is fast, reliable and efficient.  Our working drivers are polite and will undertake extra tasks if required by agreement on extra costs involved.  We are determined to satisfy our customers' changing needs and encourage sustainable recycling for the benefit of the communities we serve.

 
 

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