‘Our Waste, Our Resources: a Strategy for England’

In 2018 the government announced an ambitious and far reaching policy document for England called ‘Our Waste, Our Resources: a Strategy for England’. In total it runs to a whopping 146 pages and buried deep within there is something that will affect all businesses in England, and this is a short post designed to give you an overview of how it might impact you and how you might put in place processes to help you manage these new waste management protocols.

These protocols were meant to be passed into law in 2020, but, with the government’s focus being on managing the Covid pandemic, they have been delayed. It is expected that they will come into play in 2023, and whilst nothing has been confirmed yet, we know that, in order to fulfil its plan of ‘eliminating avoidable waste by 2050’, these measures will be introduced sooner rather than later.

So, what exactly are these new measures? In short, Businesses in England may be forced to foot the bill for recycling or disposing of their packaging waste. In effect, the government is looking to pass a sizeable proportion of the money councils in England currently spend on waste management over to the businesses that create this waste – in other words, you.

The expectation is that you, as a business, will need to be more proactive in how you manage your waste. Let’s show you an example….

Suppose you are a food production company and you currently manage your waste as dry mixed recycling, food [organic] recycling, glass recycling and general waste. But this new legislation means you will also need to bail your plastic, and bail your cardboard, and then, on top of that, you might have to manage your oil waste and recycling.

And this is where things get tricky. It’s almost impossible to find a single waste management provider who can cover all these requirements. Which means you may need to set up 3 or even 4 different contracts to ensure each type of waste is properly and legally handled – that’s 4 more invoices, 4 more account managers to deal with, 4 more waste reports to maintain.

Now, you’re probably thinking that 2023 is still a way off and that you’ve already got enough on your plate trying to navigate your business through the minefields of Brexit, Covid and, potentially, a bleak economic outlook. 2023 is a headache I can deal with later…..

…..But here’s the thing – if you’re looking to renew your waste management contract between now and 2023, you may well find yourself, a couple of years down the line, having to negotiate new contracts because your contracted waste management supplier is not set up to deal with these additional legal requirements. 

More expense, more paperwork, more of your time being spent on the peripheral issue of waste and recycling. Which means less time to spend on managing and growing your business.

Whilst we’ll all agree that this is a good thing in terms of improving our environment it will, potentially, be quite onerous on businesses in England. 

So, now the question you’ll probably be asking yourself is ‘How can I maximise compliance whilst minimising additional effort and cost to my business?’

Well, a great place to start is talking to us. Curbside can offer the full spectrum of waste management needs. We can create a bespoke and future proofed set of processes which will i) ensure that your business will be fully compliant and ii) minimise the effort you need to put in.

So why not get in touch. If you are not sure how all this will impact your business, we are happy to talk you through the best ways to plan for, and deliver against, this new legislation.

We’re here to manage your waste, not waste your time 😊

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