Doing our bit
SL Recycling is committed to minimising the environmental impact and ensuring the prevention of pollution in relation to those of our activities, products or services that have or may have significant impact on the environment. We are committed to the optimum application of the Waste Hierarchy and will strive to achieve Best Available Techniques (BAT) for the infrastructure we establish, the technology we operate and the collection services we manage.
SL Recycling Limited is committed to the effective operation and continual improvement of the environmental management system within the organisation and it is these commitments that provide a framework from which departmental, functional and individual objectives are set and reviewed. In order to achieve these objectives, we are committed to ensuring that adequate resources are made available and that all individuals are made aware of their roles and responsibilities, accountabilities and authorities to facilitate effective environmental
Improving recycling standards
Current legislation, which was introduced in January 2015 in England and Wales, found within the Waste Framework Directive makes it a legal requirement for paper, plastic, metals and glass to be collected separately unless it is not technically, environmentally or economically practicable (TEEP) to do so.
We view this legislation in a positive light as it underpins our drive to ensure waste producers and collectors work positively together to ensure quality material is collected for recycling.
The Waste Hierarchy has for years been the foundation for the way waste should be treated. Set up through the European Union framework, it provided a guide on our approach to managing waste.
But under the revised Waste Framework Directive all businesses and public bodies have to demonstrate how they have considered the waste hierarchy when disposing of waste.
The hierarchy has ‘prevention’ at the top, followed by ‘minimization’ and ‘recycling’, ‘recovery’ and finally ‘disposal’ as the least preferred option. Identifying ways to reduce waste arising, offers the most wide reaching benefits in terms of resource efficiency, sustainability and cost savings. Equally, there is great potential in re-using and recycling materials. These can provide much-needed resources for our manufacturing sector and often use less energy and water, thus reducing the overall environmental impact.
A declaration is included on waste transfer or hazardous waste consignment notes to demonstrate the waste hierarchy has been followed when choosing specific waste options. This includes showing how ‘minimization’, ‘recycling’ or ‘recovery’ was considered prior to final disposal