Category Archives: Environmental Management Systems

University West of Scotland Lectures – Waste and Resource Management

Alasdair presents lecture to University of the West of Scotland (UWoS) students on Waste Management.

All too often the focus in developing countries is building roads, schools, houses etc. and good waste management is often forgotten. Using his experience from travelling to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Alasdair put in context the difficulties faced by developing countries.

What is more important?

  • A new road
  • A hospital
  • Clean drinking water
  • Waste management

In many cases it is all of them!

Frequently, the international community focuses on the environmental improvements generated by good waste management practice, however, often there are even more important public health issues such as contamination of water, contamination of land and crops, indiscriminate burning of waste, so first and foremost waste management should be dealt with as a public health issue.

As these countries become more prosperous, their buying power increases and the variety and type of plastic increases, further exacerbating the problem.

Much of the waste currently in the oceans is from countries such as DRC where waste is discarded, washed into streams and rivers and finally into the sea and the oceans.

Alasdair finishes by giving some examples of excellent work which is going on and how if viewed as an opportunity to improve public health and create earning opportunities many developing countries can have top class waste management systems which would also meet their environmental objectives.

For more information please contact us or call 01292 610428.

 

Jonathan Love Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Albion

It is with great pleasure Albion Environmental Ltd are celebrating Jonathan’s 10 years’ service with the company. When Jonathan joined the company in 2008, it comprised of 4 employees with the head office based in rented office space. Through the years Albion has grown steadily moving to its newly refurbished office “Albion House” in 2013. In 2017 an extension was added to increase office space and improve the onsite training facility. We now have a staff of 14.

Jonathan joined the company as an environmental assistant to implement the Environmental Management System ISO 14001 at Levenseat. During his time Jonathan has continued to manage Levenseats environmental management system with the recent successful transition to 2015 standards and now working towards a combined 14001 and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems ISO 45001:2018 system. John has also managed our Business Management System which is accredited to ISO.

Jonathan holds the following Certificates of Technical Competence: Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste, Managing Landfill Non-Hazardous Waste, Managing Transfer Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste, and is currently progressing to Chartered IOSH status.

Key areas of expertise include waste compositional analysis, environmental monitoring and Health, Safety and environmental auditing, compliance and preparation of documents.

It is estimated that Jonathan has managed waste analysis projects sorting through over 300 tonnes of waste. He does grumble about it but secretly he enjoys being the “rubbish expert!!”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jonathan for his continued support and loyalty to the company over the years.

Contact 01292 610428 or mailto:info@albion-environmental.co.uk

Is your construction business ready to meet SEPA’s new licensing requirements?

SEPA’s new licensing requirements come into effect this weekend, Saturday 1st September, and they will affect all new large construction projects across Scotland.  

What is Changing?

The changes to the regulations have been introduced to reduce the potential risks of pollution to the water environment from construction sites. Discharges of surface water run-off from construction sites to the water environment are regulated, and the changes are designed to ensure treatment systems are in place prior to and during the construction phase. These changes apply to a wide range of construction types, including residential and industrial building, wind farms, forestry, transport, pipe laying, overhead pylons and hydro power schemes. The changes are designed to ensure treatment systems for surface water runoff are in place prior to and during the construction phase.

Work at new construction sites, including land preparation, must not commence, on or after, 1st September 2018 at sites where a licence is required without:

  • Having first obtained a licence from SEPA; and
  • Adhering to a pollution prevention plan for the site that SEPA has reviewed.

As of September 1st SEPA are expecting complete compliance across the industry. David Harley, Head of Water and Planning at SEPA, has stated: 

“We are clear that compliance is non-negotiable”

These licences must be approved prior to commencement of work and the plan must be complied with onsite during the entire construction phase.

Who Will be Affected?

From 1 September 2018 all new large construction projects must have a licence and Pollution Prevention Plan. These should be secured before any work on site commences.

A licence will be required for sites that:

  • Exceed 4 hectares in area;
  • Contain a road or track length in excess of 5km; or
  • Include any area of more than 1 hectare or any length of more than 500 metres on ground with a slope in excess of 25 degrees.

Your Next Steps.

SEPA expect the construction industry to be aware of new licensing requirements and adhere to these by September 1st. SEPA have requested applicants allow up to four months for them to issue an authorisation and consider your pollution prevention plan.  If you have new developments planned for after September 1st, and were unaware of these changes or would like some advice on what is required from your business Albion will be able to assist. Albion can help with the development of a pollution prevention plan and application submissions or provide feedback and assistance with existing plans. If you have any questions regarding these changes and potential impacts to your business, give Albion call on 01292 610 428 or mailto: info@albion-environmental.co.uk and one of our consultants will be able to assist you.

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance Classification Scheme (CCS). EA

In June last year the EA modified their CCS as it was being applied inconsistently to industry which was causing problems for operators.

This note is just a reminder on how the scheme works and the importance this has in respect to your Operational performance Risk Appraisal (OPRA) scoring.

The Compliance Classification Scheme (CCS) provides consistency across different regulatory regimes in the reporting of non-compliance with permit conditions. The information from this scheme contributes to an activity’s Operational Risk Assessment (OPRA) risk rating or profile, through the compliance rating attribute. The scheme categorises non-compliance based on the potential to cause environmental damage. It follows the same approach that the EA use in their Common Incident Classification Scheme (CICS).

Fees can be significantly adversely affected if your site falls into D, E or F banding, for example, under a Standard Rules Permit the fee can move from £2k PA under B and B to £6k PA under a B and F. With a bespoke permit this range moves from £3k PA to £9k PA making it a very costly exercise.

The success or failure to achieve low scores rests not only with your actual performance but also with your management system (MS) and how you are able to demonstrate its effectiveness. Your MS should include:

  • A risk assessment of the impacts your site may have on the surrounding environment.
  • A plan of the measures you have put in place to manage these risks, this is referred to as ‘Appropriate measures’.
  • A description of how your site operates.
  • How emissions are controlled.
  • Staff training.
  • A site plan.
  • A list of complaints and how they were handled.
  • A detailed HACCP plan.

This is not a comprehensive list and further guidance on the CCS scheme is available in this link: New CCS Operational Instruction

It will also be useful to reference the ‘How to comply with your Environmental Permit’ guidance found in the link: How to comply with your permit (EA)

Source: Renewable Energy Association

Waste Management Licence Application Granted

Albion Environmental Ltd recently assisted Express Skips in Falkirk with a licence application and are pleased to annount the Waste Management Licence was granted in April 2012. Albion Environmental Ltd are experts in assisting a variety of facitlities, to ensure they are suitably licensed to allow them to operate at the earliest opportunity. 
If you would like assistance for any planning/PPC issues, please call 01292 610428 or email info@albion-environmental.co.uk