Professional services

Shredding with safety in mind

With so much wealth in waste, commercially driven shredding is commonplace. This largely supports the nation’s resource agenda, but to what extent do bottom-line and environmental motivators overshadow considerations for safety? Chris Oldfield, managing director of UNTHA UK, considers three safety themes set to loom large in 2016


Ear to the ground

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common industrial hazards globally – a million people are exposed to potentially harmful noise at work in the UK alone. And the problem is prevalent in the recycling and waste management industry, writes Lee Nicholson, MD at noise control specialist Wakefield Acoustics


Insure, and risk assess, for environmental protection

While insurance offers a great degree of protection from the financial impact of an environmental incident, carrying out a risk assessment is also vital if companies want to protect both their balance sheet and public reputation. Dr Cliff Warman explains


Subsidies: all you need to know

It’s all change in the world of subsidies. Nick Churchward and Dan Ballard of law firm Burges Salmon’s energy team provide a recap of the UK’s renewable energy subsidy regimes and summarise how the recent changes will impact various technologies


How to avoid prosecution when making redundancies

City Link directors find themselves facing criminal prosecution following their alleged failure to notify the secretary of state of proposed redundancies. Peter Byrne at HR Legal Service looks at companies’ obligations and how they can avoid being hauled into court


How alternative dispute resolution can help you

Most businesses will actively avoid disputes – however, when a dispute cannot be avoided, a company should carefully consider taking advantage of alternative methods of dispute resolution as opposed to court proceedings, says Natalie Scott, associate solicitor at Slater Heelis


Overcoming cash flow issues

For waste and recycling businesses looking to gain the necessary finance to fuel expansion or invest in the latest equipment, funding from more traditional routes has been scant in recent years. Mike Nolan, MD at asset finance specialist Academy Leasing, outlines four alternative avenues to the banks.


Why holiday pay is so important for the recycling and waste management sector

Calculating holiday pay seems an unlikely topic for board-level discussion. However, this seemingly innocuous pay-roll task has, in recent times, been high on the list of business critical issues. This is due to a series of court decisions which, for some businesses, has resulted in potential liabilities running into millions of pounds. With its high numbers of workers, myriad shift allowances and overtime arrangements, holiday pay is of particular relevance to the recycling and waste management sector. Akshay Choudhry, an associate at law firm Burges Salmon, explains why.



Reducing industrial accidents in waste processing

Operators of balers, conveyors and other waste processing plant and equipment often haven't been trained properly and this sometimes results in inefficiencies, reduced throughput and increased plant breakdown. More worryingly is potential health and safety breeches that might result in accidents if proper procedures are ignored. Mark Smith, technical director at Middleton Engineering, which has been working in this sector for the past 30 years, believes better planning; training and maintenance may hold the answers.


How to avoid being an 'industrial nuisance'

Recycling and waste management operations can generate potential issues such as offensive odours, noise, vibration and fly infestations. If the boundaries set by good neighbour principles are breached, then this leaves the door open for claimants to seek hefty compensation. Neil Ham, partner with Clarke Willmott, explains how businesses can protect themselves from claims.


Taking a leap of faith into a cleaner future

A great deal has been said and written about the circular economy with all its anticipated benefits. With waste management companies changing their focus from resource operators to manufacturing companies, the emphasis is now on clear policy to ensure its delivery. Freelance writer David Burrows reports.


Driving the UK market for recycled plastics

In August, the British Plastic Federation Recycling Group launched a manifesto setting out proposals to reform the PRN/PERN system for plastics, increase the use of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing and encourage investment in recycling infrastructure. Three industry experts share their views on the manifesto.


Collecting underground waste in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and home to a population of 250,000 residents swelled by cosmopolitan business visitors as well as holidaymakers during the tourist season. The latter tend to stay in the beach resorts but visit Nicosia to see the ancient parts of the city. Waste collection is, therefore, a very important task to maintain the city's cleanliness for citizens, business people and tourists. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne reports on an underground waste container system that helps reduce odours and increases efficiency.


Scotland: Standing on the cusp of change

There was an energised feel in the air at Glasgow last month, as industry leaders North of the border mapped out their future intentions for waste and resources policy at the annual Scottish Resources conference. Freelance writer Maxine Perella reports.


Keeping the workforce safe in a risky working environment

Paul Shaw examines the occupational hazards experienced by front line workers in the waste management industry and looks at measures on how to protect them against risks including working with highly combustible materials, exposure to harmful substances and confined space working.


Moving waste abroad? How to keep it legal

Thanks to rising landfill tax rates, excess treatment capacity in some European countries and excess shipping capacity, the shipment of waste in Europe has risen. Emma Andrews and Nick Churchward at Burges Salmon explore possible pitfalls that face waste exporters.


Financing for growth amid the green shoots of recovery

There have been more than a few green shoots noted in the economy in the recent past, so it’s no surprise that senior decision-makers are now turning their minds to growth opportunities and how this can be achieved in a sustainable and successful way. Sean Dixon, head of services sector, Royal Bank of Scotland, looks at how businesses can plan for growth.


Physical fire breaks offer concrete solution

With the large number of fires occurring at waste and recycling facilities across the UK, Owen Batham at Elite Precast Concrete, argues there is a growing need for firms to take a more proactive approach to their fire risk management and to develop more sophisticated disaster recovery plans.


Dust and odour suppression: How to achieve the sweet smell of success

As pollution controls continue to tighten, the companies that tackle odour and dust are enjoying a period of growth; especially as these by-products of processes, ranging from sewage treatment to food factory production, are no longer tolerated by the public - or the statute books. Victoria Madine reports


New You, New Future: How waste can change lives for the better

Building business that puts something back into society by rehabilitating ex-offenders is the aim of the New You, New Future programme. Mark Hyde, commercial director of the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB), explains how WAMITAB is partnering with workplace management specialist, Amaryllis, to provide a skills development programme that changes lives.


Ensuring employee's health & safety

Health & safety has particular importance for waste management which has historically fared badly when it comes to injury rates and fatalities. Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, emphasises the role training can play in raising standards.


Are undeployed airbags safe to reuse?

Airbags are believed to have contributed to significant improvements in vehicle occupant safety. However, there are no definitive guidelines over the potential to reuse undeployed airbags. Chas Ambrose and Roger West examine the issue and report how a study commissioned last year seeks to shed light on the debate.