Newsletter August-2011

New Law : Applying the waste hierarchy to prevent, recycle and recover waste (England, Wales)

From 28 September 2011, as a waste producer or dealer in waste, you must follow the waste hierarchy when choosing a waste option, and show you have done so when you transfer your waste to another business. Read More

Impact of Data Loss/ Theft

Half of small firms in the UK still believe that the loss or theft of data from their organisation would have no impact on their business, according to a recent survey.

The survey of 1,000 UK businesses found that more than two thirds of UK small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) either never train their employees on company information security procedures and protocols (30%), or do so only on an ad hoc basis (38%).     Read More

How to combat the growing menace of e-waste

Every year, thousands of containers of e-waste make their way from the UK to dumping grounds in Africa, China and India, despite import bans and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

Sham traders are pretending to be legitimate reuse and recycling organisations and enticing unsuspecting businesses and local authorities to use them for the disposal of their electrical equipment. At the ports, these traders falsely claim their consignments consist of reusable equipment destined for productive reuse in developing countries, when in fact the contents of their shipments consist of extremely hazardous e-waste.     Read More

MPs highlight potential in scrap metals

Britain is wasting a great opportunity to extract valuable metals from old electrical and electronic goods, by sending scrap overseas instead of recycling it at home, according to a committee of MPs.

The Commons science committee calls on the government to take a lead in developing British resources of strategically important metals, which are vital to advanced manufacturing and low-carbon energy technologies. That could hopefully involve new mining operations in the UK and more recycling which will also mean more jobs.    Read More