Trade Waste is Your Responsibility
19 February 2018
Trade Waste Disposal
Sometimes it is hard to contemplate that commercial entities could allow for the illegal disposal of waste in the UK. We do live in a beautiful country, with all our social and economic challenges it is a great country to live in. The lack of consideration and process of due care and consideration when disposing of waste is shocking, when you chance upon sporadic mindless fly tipping. Regardless as to what part of the country you are in from our local leafy Cheshire backwaters to the green belts surrounding our nations towns and cities the lack of consideration for the environment in favour of what can only be personal greed or profit is intolerable. This is exasperated when much of trade waste producers are responsible and understand that waste is a by-product of their success.
By-product of success
They are powerful words when discussing waste, looking at them again, ‘by-product of success’. Well done you – you have a by product from your successful operation. Whether that is a change of oil from your restaurant, or food establishment, swarf or offcuts of metal from a manufacturing process, unwanted rubbish from house clearances to general trade waste it is all part of a business process. As with any process in business the decisions you make should be guided by several factors not just profit and loss. Whilst we are all in business to make money or to keep the shareholder happy, we also need to satisfy legal, environmental and social aspects as a part of that process. Failure to adhere to these other aspects can carry hefty financial penalties and stands as a testimony to the standards and quality of your business. The truth is, the good things about running a business usually stem from profit and loss – only the competent and responsible business operator will factor for aspects which have an adverse effect on profit. Not only do you have a duty to your bottom line or overall profitability all business owners have a duty of care* and responsibility for their waste. Should such individuals who do not acknowledge their duty of care be in business?
Burden of proof of process
When dealing with any process which has an impact on profit and loss it is crucial to measure all factors which affect it. This gives the business operator the business intelligence to be able to make necessary changes and refine that process to make everything efficient.
- Do you measure your waste?
- Do you know exactly what business waste you are producing?
- Have you assessed what value your waste has?
- Is there anything in your waste which could be recycled beyond the usual recycling suspects?
- Have you a correct business process in place to monitor and record waste?
These are valuable questions to consider when contemplating your business waste. Having an audit trail for your business processes enables you to refine, reduce and rectify waste so the process of waste production becomes efficient and mitigates the effect on your bottom line.
Audit Trail of Waste
Every aspect of your business produces different types of waste. Whether it is a by-product of your manufacturing process or general office waste you have a responsibility to manage your waste appropriately. Where you have waste collected on site you need to be in receipt of a waste transfer note. The legal requirement for the disposal of business or commercial waste is to receive a waste transfer note or a document with the same information, e.g an invoice.
Your business and the business taking your waste both need to:
- Complete the sections of the waste transfer note that apply to you
- Sign it
- Keep a copy for 2 years
- Produce it to an enforcement office from your local council or the Environment Agency if asked.
For information about your waste process and how we can integrate with your requirements get in touch with our team.
All of our waste disposal services are fully licensed and fully comply with the law. Enquire on 0844 288 7265
*See the Duty of Care – Waste Transfer documents here (External Links to gov.uk)