Professional services

Don't get caught out by your business's insurance policy

Cutting corners when it comes to your insurance policy will eventually catch up with you. With the Insurance Act 2015 now in force, Tim Rogers explains what waste and resource management companies need to look out for to stay covered


The Apprenticeship Levy: the story continues

Information about the Apprenticeship Levy is being published in a series of instalments, much like a TV box set though perhaps with a little less excitement but still plenty to exercise the brain, writes Chris James, chief executive officer at WAMITAB.


Public Contracts Regulations: everything you need to know

The result of the EU referendum has thrown into question the future of the procurement regime in the UK. However, until the UK has actually withdrawn from the EU, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 remain in force and the procurement rules are unchanged. Juli Lau explains the key aspects of these rules


Sustainability careers and salary survey 2016: the highlights

Prospects for the sustainability sector are perceived as strong, with a maturing of the industry and technical professionals dominating the jobs market. Miriam Heale at ALLEN & YORK summarises the highlights from their recent salary survey, published in partnership with Environment Analyst


Tax and the funding of WasteCos: Key points to consider

A WasteCo could be a positive solution for waste management organisations, but there are several matters to consider. Nigel Popplewell and Sam Sandilands from Burges Salmon look at tax issues surrounding the financing of insourcing, including rules regarding anti-avoidance



Safety in numbers

A skills survey has identified demand for flexible, accessible and affordable training – while the government’s apprenticeship levy is fast approaching. Chris James, chief executive officer at WAMITAB, explains the implications for the sustainability sector


Why asset finance could be right for you

The benefits of asset finance, including tax breaks and flexible payment terms, are myriad. Andy Sagar, the managing director of the construction and recycling division at Close Brothers Asset Finance, explains its potential for the waste management and recycling industry


Renegotiating and varying local authority contracts

Councils must tread very carefully when changing the terms of waste management contracts in order to avoid upset, or worse. John Houlden, partner at Burges Salmon, and Joe Papineschi, director at Eunomia Research & Consulting, explain the technical and legal issues.


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.