Every tonne of material recycled reduces disposal costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the European Union’s Landfill Directive and the Government’s Waste Implementation Programme, by 2020 the UK must reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 35% of that produced in 1995. This must be achieved using the Waste Hierarchy, which states that authorities should reduce, reuse, recycle and recover energy from their waste. The last resort is landfilling and most are working towards zero waste to landfill targets.
Similarly, commercial organisations are also under increasing pressure to put in place sustainable waste management programmes, recycling more of their waste, improving resource supply chains and cutting carbon emissions.
For many, putting in place a comprehensive recycling and waste management programme will:
The following sections explain how Casepak’s services can help you to comply with essential waste legislation.
Environmental Permits apply to more complex waste handling operations. It is essential that your waste and recycling is managed by an organisation that holds a current Environmental Permit.
A waste handling company needs an Environmental Permit to operate a regulated waste facility and must apply to, and be approved by, the Environment Agency to qualify for a permit. The company must continue to meet the conditions set down by the Environmental Permit to remain operational.
Casepak has an Environmental Permit for the Sunningdale Road Materials Recycling Facility.
Waste exemptions apply to specific types of low risk waste handling operations. Exemptions are supplied by the Environment Agency and mean that a waste handling permit is not needed where the environmental risks are low. Casepak can help you to understand the categories of waste exemptions available, the materials that they can be applied to, and how and who should make an application.
Casepak holds a Waste Exemption Certificate for the Collections and Processing Facility.
Click here to view the certificate.
When you appoint a company or organisation to collect and transport your recycled materials, it is important to ask if they have a Waste Carrier’s Licence. Only those companies that have this Environment Agency-issued licence are permitted to transport your waste materials. Please note, if you plan to transport your own waste, you will also need to apply for a Licence.
Casepak holds a Waste Carrier’s Licence (Licence BLT/656852) and is certified to transport recyclable and waste materials.
Click here to download Casepak’s Waste Carrier’s Licence.
If your operation generates waste you need to comply with the Environmental Protection Act (1990). This imposes a duty of care on all organisations handling waste. This includes those who produce, import, store, transport, treat, recycle or dispose of controlled waste.
The waste producer takes the primary responsibility for compliance with this legislation. They must ensure that the wastes are stored securely and are only transferred to an authorised person.
When you transfer your waste to another organisation you will be given a Waste Transfer Note. This must accurately describe the waste that has been transferred. It is your responsibility to keep Waste Transfer Notes for at least two years.
Casepak is authorised to issue Waste Transfer Notes. To keep administration manageable, we issue customers with an annual Waste Transfer Note for each type and grade of recovered material collected or received.
The UK has specific regulations covering the recycling and recovery of business packaging. Under these regulations, any business handling more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year, and with a financial turnover in excess of £2 million, has a recycling and recovery obligation which is strictly monitored by the Environment Agency.
At Casepak, we will assess your packaging obligations and, if needed, will put in place an appropriate resource recycling and recovery system to ensure that you comply. We will calculate how many Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) you need to fulfil your packaging obligation and will buy these on your behalf.
A PRN is a type of voucher which shows that packaging waste has been reprocessed. Companies that need to comply with Producer Responsibility regulations must use PRNs as these are the only form of evidence accepted by the Environment Agency to prove that recycling or recovery of packaging has taken place.