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NEW Shredder for WEEE material

Posted 1st July 2017

Data Protection, Europe, Financial, General, Healthcare, Information Security, Legislation, News and Press, Wellbeing

It has been reaffirmed in the Queen's speech that the UK Government will implement the EU General Data Protection Regulations despite pending Brexit negotiations.

There is now just under a year until the May 2018 deadline for EU member states to incorporate GDPR in to their domestic laws; and all U.K. Organisations who handle personal data will need to ensure they comply.

The speech which opens a two-year session of parliament, committed the U.K. to maintaining its world-class protection of people's personal data.

An additional document detailed additional rights for individuals to demand social media and other digital companies delete personal data they have shared prior to turning 18.

But it also made clear, a priority to allow police and other authorities to "continue to exchange information quickly and easily with international partners" to fight terrorism and other serious crimes.

Organisations now need to ensure they understand how new GDPR rules will affect the way they collect, process, protect and manage personal data, and this might include a need to revalidate consent from data subjects or amend policies and procedures, to make sure such staff are compliant in their handling data.

Now would be a good time to conduct a Data Protection Audit which will identify the personal information within a company and how it is used.

Organisations will also need to be familiar with Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) and designate a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Guidance from the ICO is expected in the coming months.

This is the biggest reform in data protection laws since the 1998 act so organisations may benefit from a workshop with a GDPR Consultant.


NEW Shredder for WEEE material

Posted 1st June 2017

Delivered and installed to the Emirates a new shredder for the electronic waste shredding on Security Data Destruction application.

The machine equipped with 44 kW is a small and compact SA2-1000XS which answered completely the request of the client getting a final result as requested.

The machine is going to be added to another SA Eng machine model SA1 - 600 always for security data destruction completing one of the modernst recycling centre in the Emirates.

Our compliment to our dealer that make this project bocome possible.

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Model SA2 - 350 - Two Shaft Shredder

Model SA1 - 800 - Single Shaft Shredder


Carpet Recycling UK Conference: developing towards a circular economy

Posted 1st May 2017

CRUK was founded in 2008 to tackle the 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arising in the UK annually. Its core funders are Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Desso, ege, Milliken, Balsan and Marlings. Last year, 142,000 tonnes of carpet were reused, recycled or recovered for energy - a 35% landfill diversion rate. CRUK's target is 60% diversion from landfill by 2020.

CRUK Director Laurance Bird comments: "Local authorities have a key role to play in helping to divert carpet from landfill and assist CRUK members find new uses for this waste material. We would like to hear local authority views on the voluntary producer responsibility stance taken by the carpet sector and gain a better understanding of the challenges they face with regard to recycling carpets specifically and bulk waste generally

CRUK will be celebrating the achievements and important contributions by members - both individuals and organisations - who are helping to create a circular economy for carpet and driving forward greater sustainability in the sector.

Carpet Recycling UK's 2017 Annual Conference and Awards Event kicks off at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham on June 21st taking the theme of 'developing towards a circular economy' for carpet.

Guest host and keynote speaker, Andrew Bird, Chair of LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee), will provide the local authority perspective on carpet recycling and also present the prestigious CRUK Awards.

The one-day conference, sponsored by Invista, manufacturers of ANTRON Carpet Fibres will include the annual awards ceremony, which is open for entries now. The four categories are Recycler of the Year; Reuse Member of the Year; Take Back Partner of the Year and Recycling Champion.

Offering many networking opportunities, CRUK's conference will appeal to representatives from the whole supply chain, including manufacturers, recyclers, contractors, equipment suppliers, waste management companies, retailers, architects, designers and local authorities.

This year's comprehensive programme features topics on waste prevention/redesign, take back schemes and good practice to encourage greater re-use and recycling of carpet. Speakers include Kate Burnett who will outline the launch of Milliken's new carpet tile take-back scheme and Mark Gilbert from Emerald Trading Waste Solutions Ltd on recycling carpet waste for equestrian products. Picking up the circular economy theme, Lukas Hoex from DSM-Niaga will speak about their development of a 100% recyclable carpet.

As the industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet, Carpet Recycling UK welcomes enquiries from all types of organisations interested in finding new outlets for their waste carpet with potential savings on disposal costs. To register for the conference or for more information, please call Marie Rhodes on 0161 440 8325


New PPE Regulation - the safety manager's role

Posted 1st April 2017

According to BSI guidance, at present the key changes of the new standard are:

When the current Directive is re-issued as a Regulation in 2018, personal protective equipment will be defined as:
(a) equipment designed and manufactured to be worn or held by a person for protection against one or more risks to that person's health or safety;
(b) interchangeable components for equipment referred to in point (a) which are essential for its protective function (e.g. filters);
(c) connexion systems for equipment referred to in point (a) that are not held or worn by a person, that are designed to connect that equipment to an external device or to a reliable anchorage point, that are not designed to be permanently fixed and that do not require fastening works before use.

The PPE Regulation does not apply to PPE:
(a) specifically designed for use by the armed forces or in the maintenance of law and order;
(b) designed to be used for self-defence, with the exception of PPE intended for sporting activities;
(c) designed for private use to protect against: (i) atmospheric conditions that are not of an extreme nature, (ii) damp and water during dishwashing;
(d) used on seagoing vessels or aircraft;
(e) helmets and their visors for drivers and passengers of motor cycles and mopeds.

The Regulation was adopted on 12 February 2016 and published in the Official Journal 20 days later. This starts the two-year transition period for Member States and Notified Bodies to prepare for the introduction of the new Regulation.

BSI advises that the PPE Regulation is mandatory - covering any type of product that falls within its scope. "If you are therefore in the PPE industry, it is a legal requirement to comply," it says. "All manufacturers of PPE need to be aware of what existing certifications they currently hold and when they will expire now the Regulation transition period has started. So, it is therefore important to keep up to date with these changes and prepare for the impact on your business. This would also apply to importers and distributors."

The new Regulation should not be confused with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992, which cover the employer's responsibility as to the suitability, provision, maintenance, instruction and use of PPE. Employers must select suitable PPE for the task in question, provide it free of charge, maintain and replace it as necessary, and provide information, instruction and training on the PPE provided to ensure it is worn properly.

However, safety managers do have a role to play in ensuring that their suppliers of PPE meet the new requirements, and so must be aware of the changes. Businesses must purchase their PPE from a registered safety supplier.

In terms of employees' responsibilities, there must also be a proper system to allow employees to report defects or loss of PPE. Employees are obliged to take reasonable care of the PPE provided, and, under the UK's Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, the employee has a duty to use the PPE.


Businesses could face fines for ignoring CCTV data protection law

Posted 1st March 2017

A business owner has been prosecuted for failing to register with the Information Commissioner's Office because they were using in-store CCTV.

The business owner pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 17 of the Data Protection Act at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 1 February, fined of £200, ordered to pay £439.28 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The defendant was operating CCTV cameras as part of her business premises license, but did not register with the ICO. The annual fee for most businesses is £35.

Head of ICO Enforcement, Steve Eckersley said:

"The message here is simple, if you are a business operating CCTV cameras you must be registered with the ICO. Business owners need to be aware of their obligations when dealing with people's personal data and this includes footage from CCTV cameras. Being ignorant of the law and the regulator is no excuse; you could end up spending a day in court and receiving a fine, as well as suffering reputational damage to your business. This could all be avoided with some due care and attention."

The ICO's CCTV Code of Practice>> gives guidance to companies using CCTV and business owners can also talk about any data protection issues with trained advisors by calling the ICO's helpline on 0303 123 1113.


Sixteen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017

Posted 1st February 2017

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons! From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.

Seventeen big reasons to be excited about 2017

1) A new standard for sustainable procurement is being published (March)

"Procurement makes up a substantial budget of any organisation, so wouldn't the world be a better place if it was done in a sustainable way?"

2) The UK Government is banning microbeads (by October)

Microbeads are very small pieces of plastic in products such as facial scrubs and makeup. Conservationists have long warned that they can affect fish growth and persevere in the guts of mussels and fish that mistake them for food.

Supermarket beauty products such as those from Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury's have already had the plastic dropped, and major companies such as Unilever - which owns Dove and other brands - have also phased them out. But other big names such as Procter and Gamble, which owns Crest toothpaste, Gillette, Olay, and Tesco, will not have phased them out entirely until the end of 2017.

3) Water retail competition is being introduced in England (April)

Water retail competition refers to a government-led strategy that allows non-domestic water users to switch suppliers of water retail services, effectively opening the water and wastewater (sewerage) retail market to new companies and encouraging greater innovation within the water sector.

4) Self-driving cars are coming to London (early 2017)

Autonomous vehicles could help to significantly reduce the risk of car accidents and free up congestion; allowing traffic to move more smoothly, reducing traffic jams and, by extension, cutting emissions and associated pollution. But the journey to self-driving cars is filled with philosophical and technological potholes, with some arguing that the concept would never get off the ground.

And Volvo is not the only company to throw its hat into the driverless vehicle ring. Ford, Google, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Uber, among others, have all also reportedly declared that they will get fully autonomous cars and trucks on the road in the near future.

5) BEIS is announcing its emissions reduction plan (expected in February)

Despite the sudden political turbulence caused by Brexit, the UK Government provided a much-needed confidence boost for the green economy in June by approving the Fifth Carbon Budget, heeding advice to limit annual emissions to 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

6) Defra is announcing its 25-year environment plan ("in 2017")

Urgent questions about how Britain's environment will be maintained and improved post-Brexit will hopefully be answered this year through Defra's new 25-year plan for the environment, with the Natural Capital Committee to develop the plan, which the Department says will "unleash the economic potential of food and farming, nature and the countryside, champion the environment and provide security against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards".

7) Tesla will continue to inspire us with pioneering green innovations (ongoing)

Elon Musk's Tesla started 2016 as an electric carmaker venturing into energy storage. It begins 2017 as a pioneering automaker, an energy company, the builder of a massive battery factory in Nevada, and a solar company through its merger with SolarCity.

And then there's the arrival of Tesla's fascinating solar roof. Musk revealed the solar roof tiles at Universal Studios in Los Angeles at the end of last year, and while little detail was given in regards to price and performance, the glass tiles were introduced to be more attractive to consumers looking to add solar technology to their home. The rollout of the solar roof tiles is expected to commence in the summer.

8) A new circular economy standard BS8001 is being introduced (May)

The circular economy represents a huge economic and environmental opportunity for business. But the development of a new standard focussed entirely on the concept of the circular economy and resource management is a crucial next step in the move towards a resource-efficient world.

The new BS 8001 standard will provide organisations with an understanding of the circular economy's growing business relevance; including specific guidance on how to implement circular economy principles to create direct and indirect value as a result of process, product/service or business model innovations.

9) Britain's tidal energy projects are becoming a reality (ongoing)

Could 2017 finally be the year when tidal energy projects put steel in water and get up and running in the UK? The MeyGen tidal stream project in northern Scotland reported that it had reached a significant milestone, with the first installed turbine operating at full power. Atlantis has since unveiled plans to start the construction of the second phase of its MeyGen project this year.

Future developments in the UK a £1bn tidal energy lagoon in Swansea Bay which will produce enough renewable power for 155,000 homes - the equivalent of 90% of Swansea Bay's annual domestic electricity use - for 120 years. So it may well be worth the wait.

10) The Government will produce a new air quality plan (by July)

The UK Government has been forced to deliver an effective plan to tackle the UK's air pollution crisis by July this year, after a high court judge last year rejected a longer timetable as "far too leisurely".

11) Sadiq Khan's emissions surcharge is coming into force (October)

So it was welcome news when Mayor Sadiq Khan kicked-off phase two of a public consultation on his air quality plans to establish an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London in 2019 - a year ahead of schedule - and introduce an emissions surcharge, known as the£ 10 T-charge, for older, polluting vehicles in October.

12) Demand response and energy storage will go from strength to strength (ongoing)

As the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) last year reported, the UK has been losing £9.5bn worth of electricity due to wastage, inefficiency and transmission costs before the energy even reaches end-users.

Demand response - which remotely controls electricity use - and energy storage systems together form an ideal solution to this issue; cutting unnecessary energy consumption, utilising idle distributed generation capacity, and allowing decentralised energy systems to be connected to the grid, with reliability.

13) The Internet of Things will support the smart building revolution (ongoing)

If 2016 was the year that the Internet of Things (IoT) was fully heard and understood by the masses, 2017 will be the year of mass deployment and monetisation of IoT systems. A quick glance at the technologies and innovations on display at the CES 2017 consumer electronics show, running throughout this week, reveals the sheer amount of IoT devices being released to drive sustainable behaviour change and green building improvements. (Stay tuned to edie for a full CES 2017 round-up later in the week).

14) The adoption of science-based targets will continue to gather pace (ongoing)

Science-based targets, initiative - a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF which see companies reduce emissions in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below 2C, are seen as a critical step in the low-carbon transition, and are especially relevant following the recent enforcement of the Paris Agreement.

15) The renewable heat sector will continue to grow, despite upcoming reforms (April)

Reforms of the UK's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidy scheme are expected to come into force in Spring 2017. The Government proposing a 98% reduction in the deployment of non-domestic biomass boilers and an end to support for solar water heating systems. set out its proposals for the RHI reform, confirming that all currently-supported technologies - including solar thermal - will remain part of the scheme. Tariff reductions are also set to be less drastic than previous proposals, which included reductions of tariffs by up to 45% for parts of the biomass sector. Tariffs for new air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps are increasing to 10 pence per kilowatt-hour (p/kWh) and 19.55p/kWh respectively.

16) The renewables revolution will continue to win over large corporates (ongoing)

Rapid technological advancements, price parity, broad-based consumer and NGO support, and coal's inevitable demise has put us at the frontier of a new electricity landscape which is rapidly becoming dominated by renewables. And in 2017, the number of big corporations turning to renewables to power their operations looks set to increase even further. For more Information on all sixteen items go to


Half of UK SMEs breaching waste laws

Posted 1st January 2017

There were 900,000 fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15, up 5.6% compared with the previous year.

Half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK are not complying with waste regulations due to a lack of awareness, a national survey suggests.

The survey, carried out by the ESA, polled more than 1,000 agricultural, construction and retail businesses across the UK.

It found that, while 97% of businesses think they are complying with their duty of care obligations, many are leaving themselves open to unlimited fines, prosecution and potential closure.

Of the businesses surveyed, 48% did not know where all their waste goes when it leaves their site and more than a third admitted to not being sure whether they had completed waste transfer notes. Just half of construction businesses stored the notes for the required two years.

Many firms were also unsure on how to correctly classify all the waste materials they handled. Over a quarter of construction businesses did not always separate their waste, and firms across the sector were confused about which waste types were relevant to them.

Businesses were also unclear about the consequences of non-compliance. Over a third of agricultural companies were not aware of the penalties and only 4% of retailers knew that they risked prosecution by breaking the rules.

ESA said non-compliance risks allowing waste to fall into the hands of criminals, leading to environmental, health and safety risks through fly-tipping and illegal disposal.

Figures published last October revealed there had been 900,000 fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15, up 5.6% compared with the previous year. This cost local authorities £69m in investigations and clearance.

Putting the wrong waste in the wrong place can also contaminate material destined for recycling, potentially costing businesses money.

The survey was conducted as part of the ESA's Right Waste, Right Place campaign, which was launched in April.

The campaign is supported by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Chartered Institution for Waste Management (CIWM) and it is centred around an interactive website which offers practical advice on how to manage waste safely and efficiently.

While highlighting the lack of awareness surrounding duty of care waste legislation, the survey also showed that many businesses are motivated and currently take steps to be compliant.

Environmental and health considerations were the main drivers for businesses to comply, followed closely by legal requirements. A total of 89% also said they took steps to securely store their waste, while 83% were making some effort to separate the different types of waste created before disposing or recycling.

Sam Corp, head of regulation at the ESA, said the survey results "backed up what we suspected, that small businesses really want to do the right thing but many are ultimately not complying with the law".


Health and safety at work Vital statistics 2016

Vital statistics 2016

HSE publishes annual statistics on health and safety in Great Britain, including :

To tie in with the 2016 release, this new poster visualises the key statistics in an info graphic style, allowing health and safety professionals to easily educate their workforce about the consequences of poor health and safety.
Author: HSE
Date of Publication: 11/2016
Publisher: HSE Books


World Food Day: Five fascinating projects to feed the plenty with surplus food

To mark World Food Day on Sunday (16 October), some of the latest green innovations and campaigns aimed at reducing the mountains of food waste that continue to cast a dark shadow on global food systems.

The Sustainable Development Goals have already recognised this, and have tasked the planet with reducing food waste by 50% by 2030. It's a lofty ambition, but one that could prove crucial in delivering wholesale emission reductions, with the World Resource Institute (WRI) recently stating that, if food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest emitter on the planet, behind the US and China.

Even in the UK, WRAP's flagship Courtauld Commitment sees UK supermarkets and food and drink firms pledge to reduce waste by a fifth by 2025, in an effort to recoup the estimated £20bn that is lost on food waste each year. And just this week, the Food and Drink Federation unveiled an ambitious new plan to reduce food waste, protect natural capital, and contribute to the delivery of a sustainable food system for the future.

Eating emojis

We start the round-up with the most recent announcement. Unilever has hit the headlines this week for being locked in a battle over wholesale prices with Britian's largest superkarket, Tesco.

This week, one of the company's leading brands, Knorr, is aiming to raise awareness about the fact that one in four people around the world do not receive the right vitamins and minerals, through the 'Share A Meal' campaign

Appetite for apps

On the subject of Twitter and Social media, it seems relevant to highlight the number of smartphone apps tailored to delivering a sustainable future. Solutions involving energy management, recycling and even carbon tracking have all been introduced recently, but a personal favourite at edie is the Too Good To Go app.

Too Good To Go is a social enterprise dedicated to reducing food waste, allowing people with the app to get heavily discounted meals made from leftover restaurant food that would otherwise be thrown away.

The app opened in Denmark in late 2015 and is now available throughout the UK, with restaurants in London, Brighton and Leeds providing meals through the service. Too Good claims to have around 95 restaurants signed up to the app in London alone.

Community Fridges

An ex-public toilet block in Somerset has recently been transformed into a community fridge, which encourages people to store food that would otherwise go to waste for other people to take. Based on an initiative in Spain, Frome's community Fridge has been running since April this year between 8am to 8pm with a five-star hygiene rating.

A group of volunteers actively monitor and clean the fridge which costs less than £10 a week to run. More than 1,000 food items were donated in June, the biggest of which arrived from a local Greggs branch.

Marks & Spencer is also active in the area through the Neighbourly surplus donation initiative, but retailers such as Asda and Iceland are also in talks to encourage local branches to donate to the project.

Portable coffee shops

One of the less obvious causes of food waste is the lack of availability in some areas, and while this next innovation is unlikely to feed rural communities it does provide retailers a way to quite literally pedal their products to people in nearby streets and areas.

Wheely's is an opportunity for an fledging food or drink company to gain a place on competitive high streets without the added complexity of high-cost rent and utilities. It's currently running as an Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign that aims to deploy a café, which at the twist of a hand, can transform into a juice bar, a créperie or an ice-cream bar.

Waste supermarkets

Leading UK supermarkets may have slashed the amount of food waste they produce by 20,000 tonnes, but that still leaves around 180,000 tonnes to tackle. Others are turning to initiatives like Neighbourly, but the Real Junk Food Project has recently opened its first warehouse in Leeds, that stores and sells waste supermarket food.

The waste market has deals in place with supermarkets including Sainsbury's Morrisons and Ocado, and it also sources from local cafes, food banks, caterers and even allotments. People who visit the market are encouraged to pay only what they can afford.

For those who can't afford to pay anything, they can volunteer for the project and act as staff at the warehouse instead. Real Junk Food Project also owns and runs cafes across the UK, which uses a similar donation system.


"One year on from Dieselgate: Has anything changed?"

Posted 1st October 2016

On the one-year anniversary of Volkswagen's corporate abasement (VW) for cheating emissions tests, a damning report has revealed that the German carmaker is in fact selling the least-polluting diesel models among all major manufacturers. But VW's diesel cars still pollute twice as much as the Euro 6 standard - which applies to all models sold from 1 January 2015 - for exhaust emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other pollutants, according to the new study from campaign group Transport and Environment (T&E), released 19th September. All carmakers keep selling grossly polluting diesel cars with the connivance of European governments. The automotive industry has captured its regulators, and European countries must now stand up for their citizens and stop this scandalous cover up. Only a recall of all harmful diesel cars will clean up our air and restore credibility in Europe's legal system.

All of the largest car manufacturers currently exceed pollution limits for diesel models, but these brands are increasingly embracing EVs as part of a low-carbon transition

T&E analysed the data of around 230 diesel car models and discovered that all of the largest brands currently exceed NOx limits. The two worst offenders - Renault-Nissan and Fiat & Suzuki - are, on average, emitting 14 and 15 times the Euro 6 limit with their diesel models, the researchers found.

Because of the difference between lab-tested and real-world conditions, these new models are technically not breaking the law and the manufacturers insist they comply with all current emissions regulations.

29 million diesel cars and vans on European roads are classified as 'dirty', in accordance to Euro 5 standards - which applied to all models sold from 1 January 2011 - including 4.3 million in the UK. These dirty vehicles are at least three times over the relevant legal emission limits. In fact, only one in four diesel vehicles registered since 2011 are compliant with these standards.

Not one brand complies with the Euro 6 pollution limits, according to the analysis.

France tops the list of countries with the largest amount of dirty diesel vehicles on the road, with 5.5 million models approved for sale by authorities, according to the report. Germany has the second-highest number of dirty vehicles on the roads (5.3 million), followed by the UK (4.3 million). France, Germany and the UK together account for more than 15 million 'dirty' vehicles on the road.


"Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?"

Posted 1st September 2016

The waste and resource management industry is calling for a long-term, coherent regulatory framework to increase recycling and re-use rates in England after a Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed that the quantity of rejected recyclable waste has increased by 84% over the past four years.

The cost of re-sorting 'contaminated' recycle bins is a key reason for some of the recycling being rejected, so what needs to happen to prevent contamination in the first place?

The FoI request, carried out by BBC Breakfast, discovered that England's councils were unable to recycle 338,000 tonnes of waste in 2014/15 - up from 184,000 tonnes in 2011/12. Almost all (97%) of the rejected rubbish in was incinerated or sent to landfill in 2013/14 - the most recent year of available data.

The reason for this increase in rejected recyclable waste is contamination, caused by the wrong materials being placed in the wrong bins, or containers still holding the remnants of unconsumed food or liquids -
as recently brought to light with coffee cups in the Hugh's War on Waste TV programme.

Crucially, what can be collected from households varies between different councils, which has led to an apparent lack of awareness and understanding among householders about should or should not be included within recycling containers.

But while contamination rates are rising, it should be noted that the amount of contamination within household recycling streams remains relatively low. Of all the material sent for recycling in England last year, just 3% was rejected - 338,000 out of more than 11 million tonnes of recycling.

"It is vital for our environment and our economy that we make the most of our resources. We have made tremendous progress in boosting our recycling rate, from around 11% in 2000 to nearly 45% in 2014, but it is important that the Government and local authorities work with families to make it easier to recycle and make the process less confusing." Spokesperson, Defra


"Asda becomes first supermarket to show customer food waste savings"

Posted 1st August 2016

Asda customers have saved £57 a year on average after the supermarket chain launched a campaign to tackle domestic food waste.

Research showed that 81% of customers planned to followed the advice provided since the launch, while two million customers are making changes in the homes as a result of the scheme

Asda has revealed that the the multi-channel initiative created in partnership with the University of Leeds is the first UK supermarket campaign to prove food waste savings for customers.

The retailer revealed that positive behaviour change was driven through a series of actions developed based on customer insight; providing shoppers with advice on elements such as food storage, labelling, and leftovers recipe inspiration. Moreover, in-store events reportedly encouraged customers to make household alterations.

ASDA 'Biggest challenge of our time'

The findings of the partnership between the retailer and university coincides with the publication of Asda's 2016 Green Britain Index - a study conducted by the supermarket to understand the views of 20,000 customers from its 'Everyday Experts' panel.

The study, which focused on the importance of matters surrounding food waste and sustainability, found that 93% of Asda customers care about 'being green'. Furthermore, 85% said they looked to retailers to help them reduce food waste at home, while 72% admitted they had stopped buying a product altogether because they found it would often go to waste.

"Food waste is one of the biggest challenges of our time, it's bad for the environment, economy and to society as a whole"

War on waste

The research comes at a critical time for retailers attempting to tackle food waste. Tesco revealed that its own food waste had increased by 4% to 59,400 tonnes last year.

These sentiments have been echoed by William Jackson Food Group's sustainability director, who insisted that efforts should be focused on managing the environmental and social risks within the supply chain - akin to a health and safety assessment.


"Euro 2016 'carbon bootprint' league table: Which nation has the greenest fans?"

Posted 1st July 2016

The study found that a game watched in lower resolution on the smaller smartphone has a carbon footprint impact over three times greater than watching the match on TV.

The Trust has calculated the 'carbon bootprint' of each Euro 2016 nation and created a low-carbon electricity league table of individual fans watching a football game at home in each of the 24 participating countries.

1) Iceland
2) Albania
3) Sweden
4) Switzerland
5) France
6) Belgium
7) Slovak Republic
8) Austria
9) Portugal
10) Spain
11) Hungary
12) Croatia
13) Italy
14) Republic of Ireland
15) Northern Ireland
16) Germany
17) England
18) Wales
19) Russia
20) Ukraine
21) Turkey
22) Romania
23) Czech Republic
24) Poland

The analysis shows that viewing on an LED smart TV through digital terrestrial television is the lowest carbon option, while watching through a cable connection can increase emissions over 10 times.

The resulting table does not look particularly inspiring for England, who occupy a mediocre 17th spot just behind rivals Germany but one place ahead of neighbours Wales - a position which England fans will hope can be replicated in the tournament group stages.

Iceland top the pile of the low-carbon electricity rankings, thanks to providing almost all of their electricity using hydropower and geothermal energy. Meanwhile, Albania with the country's extensive electricity production from hydroelectric power stations meriting the country a runners-up spot in the carbon bootprint league.

Commenting on the findings, the Carbon Trust's managing director of business advice Hugh Jones said: "To address the challenge of climate change we are going to need to provide a lot more low carbon electricity and transition away from the use of fossil fuels. Our analysis highlights that some countries have already achieved a lot, in part thanks to abundant renewable energy resources.


"Good safety is good business"

Posted 1st June 2016

This message needs to bedriven down through the organisation, so that at all levels, the importance of safety culture and personal accountability is clearly understood. is its ethos and this is reflected in the HSE guidance aimed at board members, directors and other senior managers in all organisations. This message needs to bedriven down through the organisation, so that at all levels, the importance of safety culture and personal accountability is clearly understood.

IOSH Safety for Senior Executives is an 8 hour health and safety training course that International Workplace provide designed for people with strategic responsibility for determining and implementing effective health and safety management within organisations with more than 250 employees. If your organisation has fewer than 250 employees then we also run the IOSH Directing Safely. The IOSH Safety for Senior Executives Certificate delivered via elearning is perfect for those who need more flexibility and less time out of the office during their studies as you can study when you like, where you like and at the speed that suits you. The interactive course will guide you through the syllabus leading to the end of course assessments, plus you will also receive tutor support when you need it from a bank of highly skilled tutors.The Health and Safety Executive fully appreciates the role that good safety leadership has on an organisation's safety performance. Upon successful completion, delegates will be awarded an IOSH Safety for Senior Executives Certificate.

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"Waste crime rises as UK companies fail to comply with their waste 'duty of care' obligations"

Posted 3rd May 2016

Key elements of the duty of care include:

Illegal disposal of waste is a significant burden to the UK economy, diverting up to £1bn per annum from legitimate business and the HM Treasury, as well as presenting a significant risk to human health and the environment. Recent research has indicated that over half (56%) of UK companies are not complying with their legal duty of care to ensure that the waste they produce is managed safely and responsibly. Of these, 94% are SMEs with fewer than 250 staff.

Waste crime is still a big problem in England. Illegally deposited waste is unsightly, environmentally destructive and expensive to clean up. But it is only the visual tip of a larger iceberg of waste crime, where criminals are getting rich on exploiting widespread ignorance of the law.

The impact of waste crime on businesses has been highlighted by a number of cases where landlords have been left with responsibility for waste deposited illegally by tenants on their premises. Following abandonment of the premises by the tenant, the landlord has had to pick up substantial bills for clean-up and pollution control.

In acknowledgement of the scale of the issue, the Chancellor awarded the Environment Agency an additional budget of £20m in last autumn's Spending Review to tackle waste crime over the next five years.

Business has a significant role to play in controlling the illegal deposit of waste by complying with the 'duty of care'. Failure to do so puts an organisation at risk of prosecution. The duty starts from the moment the waste is produced, and continues until it is recovered or finally disposed of. By ensuring that waste is classified and stored correctly, and transferred to licensed operators for transport and disposal, the potential for waste crime is considerably reduced.

In an attempt to provide clarity regarding the requirements under 'duty of care' the Environment Agency published a revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice last month and is supporting the 'Right Waste Right Place' campaign launched, which aims to raise awareness and provide practical information to help companies comply with their legal obligations. Organisations need to understand the scope of their responsibilities under 'duty of care' legislation in order to avoid prosecution and costly clean-up costs. This awareness campaign will be a useful tool, particularly for smaller businesses."


"Landlord sentenced for gas safety failings"

Posted 1st April 2016

"On 15 March 2016, London-based landlord, was given an eight week suspended sentence for gas safety failings.

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard how the Landlord had failed to have a gas boiler checked for safety by a suitably qualified engineer and obtain the necessary safety certificate from the Gas Safe Register.

The boiler was in a property that was being let out to a tenant who raised concerns about a carbon monoxide leak and the National Grid switched off the gas supply. The tenant made a complaint to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The Landlord, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 36(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge and contribute £300 in costs to HSE.

HSE inspector, said: "It is the duty of landlords to ensure gas safety checks are carried out to protect tenants from the fatal risk of carbon monoxide poisoning."

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