Simple guidelines to encourage recycling

24 February 2020

We are an independent fast food takeaway with a fairly high turnover of young employees. Despite my best efforts, employees are failing to segregate out waste for recycling, claiming that they are too busy and find the system confusing. Can you suggest some simple guidelines?

Disposing of rat poison

21 February 2020

When moving into our current office premises we found a half-used tub of rat poison. How can we best dispose of this?

What is extended producer responsibility?

18 February 2020

What is extended producer responsibility (EPR), and how does it differ from the packaging and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) schemes that are already in force?

Refuse-derived fuel

11 February 2020

What exactly is RDF? Is it a secondary product or a waste? And is it available on the open market as a cheap renewable fuel?

Classifying hazardous waste

10 February 2020

We recently saw a report that the Environment Agency is concerned about incorrect classifications of hazardous waste. What are the errors it is picking up, and how can we avoid them?

Trade waste

6 February 2020

I run a small accountancy business with a couple of part-time employees. We produce very little waste — mostly paper, plus a small amount of food waste from our lunches. Do we really need to sign up for a trade waste collection? I have recently read of someone being prosecuted for putting out trade waste for the domestic collection.

The processing of secondary concrete

1 February 2020

Which regulations apply to the processing and sale of secondary aggregates? We have already been advised that we will need a Standard Environmental Permit to crush waste concrete in our factory. Will this secondary material still be regarded as a waste if we sell it to our customers? The concrete is inert and free of contamination.

Reducing noise levels

20 January 2020

A member of staff has complained about the levels of noise in the workplace. However, readings have determined that the action values contained within the Control of Noise at Work Regulations are not being exceeded. Do we still have a legal obligation to reduce the level of noise?

Philosophical belief — veganism

15 January 2020

Is veganism a protected philosophical belief? I have an employee who is very vociferous in their promotion of the vegan ethic and I have heard reports that this may be causing issues in the workplace.

Net zero: why does Scotland have a different target date?

14 January 2020

Scotland has set a target to reach net zero by 2045, compared with 2050 for the UK as a whole. Does this reflect a stronger political commitment north of the border, or are there scientific reasons for the difference?