Your Business’ Responsibility with Waste

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Your Business’ Responsibility with Waste

Lewis | February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is more to consider when it comes to waste that meets the eye, if you’re a business owner. Here at Oakleigh Manor, we follow environmental and waste legislations carefully and stringently, but if you aren’t wise to these, it can mean a reprimand or two, perhaps in the form of a fine. To this author, it appears to be one of those scenarios that should have a higher degree of public knowledge than it already has. But be that as it may, please read on for some more information. With our research for this blog coming from the Government’s official website, if you are a business owner it is well worth doing so.

According to the source, every business has a responsibility to know what waste they are producing; this is classified as a duty of care, which extends your responsibility past your actions with the waste. You even have to ensure the licensed waste business you entrust deal with appropriately. If you suspect they aren’t you must report it. In situ, though, this duty of care you must undertake includes the classification of your waste (hazardous, or non-hazardous), the obtaining of a waste permit, and safely and securely storing your waste before it is dealt with.

They also implore that before waste is simply disposed of, alternatives of what to do with them are considered first. These include the common choices, such as recycling, reusing, and even prevention of creating waste, i.e using the “waste” material longer, if applicable. There is even a requirement that material such as gypsum and plasterboard not be sent to landfill mixed with biodegradable waste.

This all seems pretty basic stuff, but this author is banking on a few companies falling prey to the lack of prior knowledge of the above. There is even more to know, which you can explore on the Government’s official website. The environmental and waste policy of Oakleigh Manor is clearly displayed on our website, and if you have been keeping with our recent blogs, you will know of our commitments to the environment; that extends to any laws and Government regulations. We ensure our waste is separated and disposed of correctly, all the way to its end destination.