Questions and Answers

Litter bins

11 July 2017

We run a cafe in the market square of a busy village which is popular with day visitors and walkers. On windy days, the pavements around the cafe become strewn with litter from the council bins. We feel partly responsible as the litter includes packaging from our takeaway food. Do you have some good suggestions to share with our local council so that we can alleviate this problem?

Bio-based plastics

20 June 2017

What is the difference between bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics, and how far is it possible to use these to replace conventional plastics manufactured from oil?

Fly-tipping clean-up costs

13 June 2017

If criminals fly-tip waste on our premises, are we liable for the clean-up costs?

Would an unwanted fridge qualify as hazardous waste?

30 May 2017

Would an unwanted fridge qualify as hazardous waste? If so, how can we dispose of it responsibly?

Exporting hazardous waste

9 May 2017

What regulations do I need to comply with when exporting hazardous waste to other European countries? I am registered as a waste carrier in England and am investigating the possibility of exporting waste to Belgium.

Value of recyclate

2 May 2017

We are currently developing a waste management strategy with the dual aims of moving waste “up the hierarchy” and saving on waste costs. To keep this as simple as possible, we want to concentrate on just two or three recyclable materials. We produce quite a wide range of wastes including construction materials, office wastes and a small amount of food — where should we start?

New circular economy standard

4 April 2017

What kind of support to business will be offered by the new British Standard on the circular economy?

Air quality in offices

31 March 2017

As air quality in our cities continues to deteriorate, how can we ensure good air quality across our premises?

Lighting levels

24 March 2017

A member of staff has completed a display screen workstation checklist and has raised an issue with the lighting in the open-plan office. What solutions can I consider to resolve the issue?

Spring Budget environmental measures

20 March 2017

Does this year’s Budget contain any new green taxes or other environmental measures?