Category Archives: Zero Waste Scotland

SWITCH Workplan

Please find below an important message about SWITCH.

Dear Colleague,

As a Forum we have worked hard this year to review our work for the past 4 years, which has highlighted many of our successes and achievements even though it is entirely based on us collectively giving our time on a voluntary basis. It has also given us a chance to review our governance system, structure and documents to consider how best to put it on a more sustainable path – more detail on this will follow. At our last meeting the following work plans for each of the working groups were identified and outlined and I would ask you to all please review these workplans and let me know what suggestions you have for SWITCH to take these pieces of work forward by Tuesday 27 November by emailing Fiona Craig back directly.

Executive Working Group

  1. To establish new governance system for SWITCH based on becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with accountability to the Office of the charity regulator in Scotland (OSCR).
  2. To review the Constitution to ensure fit with the criteria of becoming a SCIO.
  3. To review and develop an overall communication and engagement plan for SWITCH including an improved website.
  4. To oversee the development of a sustainability plan for SWITCH.

 Health & Safety Working Group

  1. WISH 4 (Safe Collection Practices) has just been reviewed and republished. SWITCH is to review and agree how and what to promote this WISH Guidance in Scotland using the website, SWITCH Network and annual event.
  2. The HSE Waste & Recycling Sector Working Plan has been published and section 5.2 notes areas for concern. SWITCH to review and promote this, particularly site traffic management plans and segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.
  3. WISH has drafted a guidance document on vehicle specification. SWITCH to review this and consider how we can influence standards and what’s available.
  4. Health & Wellbeing is a theme that SWITCH wishes to develop and introduce a few case studies (Binn Group can demonstrate real progress in this regard for example).
  5. Possible Annual Theme – with the aim of prioritising it  

Education, Training and Competence Working Group

  1. To continue to develop the SWITCH SHEA Passport Scheme for the waste and resources sector.
  2. To participate fully in the National Occupational Standards (NOS) Review for the sector which will take place September 2018 to March 2019 led by Energy and Utility Skills.  Once completed the NOS can be reconciled with the existing SWITCH Competence Framework and to ensure it is reviewed and up to date and fit for purpose.
  3. To review the CF once NOS review is complete to see how it can be built on (it is currently based on only 6 key roles within the industry)
  4. To start to promote how the CF relates to a range of common qualifications and accredited courses e.g. SHEA Passport Scheme, Manual handling, H&S, and particularly the FLES Award. A series of supporting documents to be produced for this.
  5. To establish a mentor and mentee program to support managers/ team leaders through the process of and to also provide support for those being assessed.

With thanks for your continued support

SWITCH Forum

Alasdair Meldrum is one of the SWITCH ambassadors and is a member of the Education, Training and Competence Working Group.

If you have any queries regarding this message or SWITCH in general please do not hesitate to contact Alasdair directly or call 01292 610428.

Waste Compositional Analysis Works

Albion Environmental is an experienced provider of Waste Compositional Analysis services to local authorities, waste management companies and producers of commercial and industrial waste.

Over the past 10 years we have sorted in excess of 280,000 kg of waste by completing Waste Compositional Analysis for our clients.

In recent weeks we have sent teams to Perth, Scottish Borders, and Carlisle, and we are due in Dundee in November, this is in addition to a weekly analysis carried out for a major waste operator in the area.

We can carry out a comparative Waste Compositional Analysis over longer periods, often 2 per year in spring / autumn or 4 over an 18 month period. 

Many clients will engage us to carry out a Waste Compositional Analysis before a new collection system is put in place and can complete similar Waste Compositional Analysis once implemented to allow a detailed report on the effect of the new collection systems

Our reports include detailed review of our work and information relevant to client requirements for example;

  • Weight (kg) and volume (litres) of each sort category within the sample
  • Waste is sorted down to 17 primary and 70 secondary categories
  • Percentage of each waste type found within the sample by weight and volume
  • What materials could be diverted to recyclate or considered to be contamination

For further information, contact 01292 610428 or mailto:info@albion-environmental.co.uk

Albion’s ABC’s of Waste Management – C

C – Circular Economy

The circular economy is an alternative to the traditional economic model whereby we produce goods, use them and then dispose of them. Currently, we tend to regularly update our technologies such as smartphones, tablets and computers. However, in the linear economy these are thrown away and are not designed to be re used.

On the other hand, the circular economy would extract maximum value from these products and materials. For example, a smartphone would be designed so it would be easily repairable and upgradable thus prolonging the device’s usefulness. Also, at the end of its useful life we would be able reuse the phone’s components and raw materials. These could be used in a new device or made into a new product.

Vector illustration of circular economy showing product and material flow. Product life cycle. Sky meadow nature blurry background. Natural resources are taken to manufacturing. After usage product is recycled or dumped. Waste recycling management concept.

A circular economy also offers several economic benefits, for example the creation of new jobs and demand for new skills. Expansion of the circular economy has potential to address unemployment and skill gaps and create up to 200,000 jobs. For more details please follow the link to Zero Waste Scotland Website

http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/what-circular-economy-0

 

 

 

Recycle Week 12- 18 September 2016

Recycle Week (12- 18 September 2016) is the UK’s annual recycling week, aiming to get everyone recycling more by raising awareness of the benefits and promoting easy ways to do more.

It’s a week for everyone and we’d love you to get involved – from local authorities, to businesses, to community groups, schools or even individuals, however much time or resource you have to give, it all makes a difference.

Our main theme this year is food waste recycling, but any recycling related activities are welcome.  From hosting events, to introducing new recycling services, or even just sharing our messages on social media, there are lots of ways to get involved depending on how much time and resource you have to give.

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We’ll also be busting some commonly held myths about recycling in the run up to and through the week, so keep an eye out for our messages and please do share.

Download our partners guide for great ideas on how to take part in the week.  Inside, you’ll find some handy digital and print resources to download, and ‘how to’ PR and social media guides to help promote your activities.

Remember to register your activities here  – Use the registration page to let us know about all your activities or contact evonne.cannan@zerowastescotland.org.uk and we can do it for you!

It could be as simple as supporting the campaign on social media or using our recycling email signature that week, to running a larger community awareness event or a recycling and litter pick – either way we want to know, so we can count it as an official action for the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWITCH Competence Assessment Tool Launch

As a SWITCH Network member Albion Environmental Ltd would like to bring your attention to the newly published SWITCH Competence Assessment Tool which is now available to download from Zero Waste Scotland’s website and will shortly be available via CIWM Scotland website. It is designed to help managers, supervisors and team leaders who work in waste and resource management to assess individuals and their teams against a range of competences and skills relevant to their job roles. Information can then easily be transferred across onto an easy-to-read Team Dashboard to show areas for development across the team.

It is simple, easy to use and free for all staff working in the resource management industry. Also available to download is a User Guide, giving you a step-by-step guide through the process and an employers’ handbook, Embedding Competence, which explains the idea and benefits to you in using the framework and tool.

See more at: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/switch-safety-and-skills-waste-industry

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Join the SWITCH Network

The SWITCH Network is free to join for anyone working in the resource management sector. It is open to frontline, supervisory and senior level staff, and to individuals or organisations with an interest in health and safety, education, training and competence of the resource management industry. For more information, including how to become involved with SWITCH, how to share your experiences and good practice or just to find out more please email  switch@zerowastescotland.org.uk Encourage colleagues to register today and receive regular updates on the latest developments and industry events.