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Wastes Management

Management of our waste is fast becoming a critical issue.  Together, industrial and commercial waste amounts to one third of the UKs waste.  In 2002/03 - 43% of the UKs waste was disposed of in landfill sites.  Whilst this is an improvement upon our behaviour in the late 1990s, there is a significant opportunity to improve our current practices.

As of October 2007 businesses are obliged to pre-treat their waste.  In effect, all companies now need to sort or treat their waste to extract recyclable materials, with only the residual waste going to landfill.  Despite this now being a legal requirement most companies do not realise these Regulations apply to them.

Construction and demolition waste accounted for about half of the UKs waste arisings in 2002/03.  Landfill tax was introduced in 1996 to help reduce the amount of waste being landfilled in the UK.  This tax currently 32 per tonne for all active waste, and is set to rise further.  However, the construction industry still needs to do more to promote re-use and recycling.  This will be driven, in part, by the requirement to have Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP's) on all large construction projects from April 2008.

X Old computer equipment falls under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations and some items are also Hazardous Waste

Key Targets

  • Compliance with legal requirements
  • Implementation of best practice
  • Improve environmental performance and credentials
  • Potential to reduce operating costs
  • Reduce carbon emissions


Waste Audits

CEF Environmental is able to provide practical advice to businesses and SME's on how to comply with the current Landfill Regulations.  Implementing changes in the way Organisations manage their waste will improve their environmental performance, their credentials and, in many cases, will reduce the cost of waste disposal.

Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs)
CEF Environmental is able to prepare SWMPs to comply with impending legislation; reduce overall waste arisings; maximise the re-use and recycling of materials, and minimise the cost associated with the disposal of construction waste.

Increasing Landfill will become less Environmentally and Economically or Socially unacceptable.
A great deal of remediation involved wholesale excavation of a site and contaminated material sent to landfill.  Material from contaminated land was traditionally the biggest source of Hazardous Waste.
 Chemical treatments are a useful option when both soil and groundwater are affected, while thermal treatments -where the soil is excavated and heated to 600 degrees Centigrade - are effective for organic contaminants.

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