From 30th October 2007, landfill sites have not been permitted to accept untreated waste as the final part of the Landfill Directive is implemented.
Treatment is defined as “physical, thermal, chemical or biological processes (including sorting) that change the characteristics of waste in order to reduce its volume or hazardous nature, facilitate its handling or enhance recovery.”
You can do this yourself in simple ways such as collecting recyclable wastes separately – card, plastic, metals etc and making sure they are sent to a suitable recycling/reprocessing company.
The Environment Agency publication “Treatment of non-hazardous wastes for landfill” , sets out the regulatory requirements in a fairly simple way giving examples of several types of waste stream and accepted good practice.
Despite plenty of warning that the regulations will be implemented, it would seem that many businesses have been caught short. The emphasis is very much on the producer of the waste to get it right – this is how it should be.
What we have seen so far is little movement from small businesses to enquire what Widnes Skips is doing with their waste. The larger customers have, as expected, have requested breakdown of recovery/recycling rates to meet their obligation.
Widnes Skips sorts and separates all waste received at their transfer station at Ditton Road. We send over 80% of waste on for reprocessing or recycling. Less than 20% of waste is disposed of at a landfill site. This exceeds the requirements of the directive.
Our transfer station can accept many commercial, construction/demolition, domestic and light industrial waste streams. Call us and see if we can help improve your business’ environmental performance.