Category Archives: Sustainability

REHIS 1 Day Course – Introduction to Waste Management Legislation

Are you up to date with current Waste Management Legislation?

Albion Environmental Ltd are running our jointly awarded REHIS Waste Management Legislation course at our training Centre in Ayr (or we can deliver the training in house at your company location).

Final few places remaining on our REHIS Working with Waste Legislation Course on 26th September. Guarantee your spot by contacting john@albion-environmental.co.uk.

Jointly awarded with the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), this course has been designed to provide employees who regularly handle waste with the basic understanding of the legislation relating to the Waste and Resource Management industry.

Through a mixture of lecturing, case studies, group work and exercises you will come away with a better knowledge of:

  • Identifying Waste
  • Classification of the various waste including correct EWS codes
  • Duty of care – responsibilities in the “waste chain”
  • Special Waste Regulations & Consigning Special Waste

Confirmation of learning is achieved by completion of all the course exercises with the successful candidate receiving a REHIS and Albion Course Certificate which can be used to demonstrate APL for Waste Management Award accredited by WAMITAB & SQA.

With have just a few places left on our course on the 26th September please book your place by contacting us on 01292 610428 or mailto john@albion-environmental.co.uk

REHIS 2 Day Course – Working With Waste Management

Are you compliant with current Waste Management Legislation or working towards gaining a WAMITAB Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC) award?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then our 2 Day Working with Waste Management Legislation course is not to be missed.

Next Course 23rd / 24th Oct 2018 Book Here

Jointly awarded with the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), this two-day course is intended to provide employees with the basic understanding of the legislation relating to the Waste and Resource Management industry.

Suitable for staff working on waste management facilities and staff working in areas where they handle and manage waste on a regular basis.

Through a mixture of lecturing, case studies, group work and exercises candidates will understand the principals of the following:

  • The Definition of Waste
  • Registration of Carriers
  • Duty of care
  • EWC Codes
  • Special Waste Regulations & Consigning Special Waste
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods (by road)
  • Storage of Hazardous /Special Wastes
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Health & Safety Management

Confirmation of learning is achieved by completion of all the course exercises with the successful candidate receiving a certificate jointly issued by REHIS and Albion.

Course Certification can be used to demonstrate APL for Waste Management awards accredited by WAMITAB and SQA.

To book your place on the 23rd & 24th October please click here.

Courtauld Commitment 2: improving resource efficiency and reducing the carbon impact of the UK grocery sector

The Courtauld Commitment is a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing the carbon impact of the UK grocery sector.

The Commitment helps deliver the UK governments’ policy goal of a ‘circular economy’ and the objectives of the Climate Change Act to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Efficiencies made through the Courtauld Commitment benefit the grocery sector, consumers and the economy. This was a continuation of the original Courtauld Commitment and ran from 2010 to December 2012.

The Courtauld Commitment 2 helped businesses, consumers and local authorities to save money, improve performance and reduce their carbon footprint.

It specifically helped businesses to:

  • Reduce costs.
  • Improve the resource efficiency of products and their packaging.
  • Better position organisations for a carbon-constrained future.
  • Deliver against consumer expectations.
  • Help drive innovation in the sector.

The second phase of the Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement funded by the UK governments and delivered by WRAP1, set out to improve resource efficiency and reduce waste within the UK grocery sector from 2010 to 2012 inclusive. It aimed to achieve three targets: to reduce household food and drink waste, supply chain product waste and the carbon impact of packaging.

Packaging target was achieved

The carbon impact of grocery packaging was reduced by 10.0% compared to the target of 10%. Grocery packaging weight also reduced by 10.7%.

Household food and drink waste target was narrowly missed

An estimated 3.7% absolute reduction in total household food waste2 was achieved (270,000 tonnes per year) against a target of 4% (92% of the target was achieved). However avoidable household food waste reduced by 5.3%. This will have saved consumers £700 million and local authorities £20 million a year in 2012. The carbon savings associated with the reduction in avoidable household food waste amounted to around 930,000 tonnes CO2eq a year.

Supply chain product and packaging waste target was exceeded

Traditional grocery product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain was reduced by 7.4%, exceeding the 5% target. Supply chain waste decreased by 217,000 tonnes per year over the period.

For further information please follow the link: WRAP Results for Courtauld Commitment 2

Source: WRAP

Local authority collected waste management – 2013 results

This publication covers annual final estimates for waste collected by local authorities in England and the regions. It also includes an experimental analysis of greenhouse gases from local authority collected waste.

Please find attached the documents:

Source: Defra

Circular Economy 2020 Vision for the EU – WRAP

WRAP have produced an infographic showing their vision of a circular economy for the EU, outlining how the European economy could be transformed by 2020, through wide-scale adoption of a resource efficient circular economy.

Speaking to UK and European business leaders at WRAP’s Annual Conference in London, Dr Liz Goodwin outlined the considerable benefits to the economy, job creation and the environment, identified by WRAP’s EU 2020 Vision.

She pinpointed food as one of the most wasted resources and called for “concerted action” to halve UK household food waste by 2025.

She said business opportunities from more efficient resource use include:

  • Business competitiveness improvements of £330 billion (400 billion EUROS)
  • The potential for an additional 160,000 people to be employed in the recycling sector
  • Improved trade balance of £90 billion (110 billion EUROS)
  • 500 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent could be avoided
  • 190 million tonnes less extracted raw materials and imported goods used
  • 220 million tonnes less waste produced
  • 350 million tonnes more materials recycled

Please follow the links to gain more information about Circular Economy: