New waste regulations will change how you deal with your waste. You will have to consider the hierarchy of waste options – to prevent, reuse and recycle before you dispose of waste. This will apply to ALL businesses. Environmental matters are now relevant to all service businesses as well as industrial, logistics and construction companies. Fast food outlets, Food industry including catering etc, Solicitors, Accountants, Insurance Brokers, all Service companies, everyone needs to comply. Otherwise you could be breaking the law.
In simple terms before throwing something away you will need to consider whether you can:-
1. Prevent using something
4. Recover for use elsewhere
5. Only then – disposal.
E.g. Plastic waste will have to be segregated and collected in a separate container. ( Additional cost)
If you throw something away without considering the alternatives you will be breaking the law. Many items of office waste can easily be recycled.
This seems very hard, but in the UK we are running out of holes in the ground. The country is now moving towards a Zero Waste economy.
If you want more details please go to the attached link:-
Alternatively, if you want to look at the legislation in more detail go to the NetRegs site:-