Careful waste disposal, in particular hazardous waste disposal, is on the rise in the agendas of companies worldwide. Nowhere is this rise more prominent however than in the EU as new guidelines demand a standardised labelling and safe destruction of hazardous waste. Here we demonstrate just why companies are more concerned with waste disposal than ever before.
With some 6.2 million tonnes of hazardous waste emerging from the UK each year, the imposing of harsh taxes and penalties for those companies and businesses that have thus far managed to slip through the net are imminent. Environmental pressure groups target the impact of hazardous waste as it is more likely to have adverse impacts on the local ecosystem. In certain situation it can even be disastrous – think of the Spodden Valley asbestos controversy. This damage can affect both wildlife and a company’s public relations and reputation.
The terminology and awareness of ‘sustainability’ is on the rise in education and media. Naturally this is good news for waste management companies, though they too will have to adapt to the increasing demands of an ecologically friendly agenda. Managing general waste once meant merely transportation but now it means reallocation for reuse, recycling, or even return of goods to the natural environment if they’re biodegradable.
No longer is ‘green washing’ a company a one-off, eco-friendly marketing campaign designed to ensure continued trust form the consumer. Now a long-term, tangible and genuine care plan for the waste a business is producing as well as a concerted and conscious effort to reduce the amount produced is required to retain public confidence. This also extends to include investment in recycling products.
Findings from the Courtauld Commitment – a voluntary agreement made in 2005 between grocers and supermarkets to reduce the waste they produce – found that companies were not doing as well at preventing waste as they were at reducing it across their logistical supply chains.
All waste in the UK is now subject to EU regulations with regards to the ‘EU waste hierarchy’ and DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) stipulate that waste, especially hazardous waste management, is a ‘key issue’ in the UK.
As the media and public are getting savvier with regards to waste management, businesses have to be on their toes at all times to prove their positive environmental agenda. Political parties have voted to win and for many voters this means a green-friendly manifesto.
Promises and policies highlighted on the campaign trail will turn into bills and laws eventually and, when they do, it will be the prepared companies and businesses which already make the most of careful and professional hazardous waste disposal that will find the changes smooth and conducive to their company’s success.