The government has just charged an unlicensed waste carrier £965 for driving a tipper truck full of waste without a waste carriers licence. Do you want to take the chance that you could be next?
Anyone carrying waste needs to hold a waste carriers licence or be employed by an organization that does. This includes the transfer of waste between your own sites.
It takes about 5 minutes to apply for a licence and if you’re moving your own waste, it’s free. If you’re transporting someone else’s waste, it costs £154.
You also have a duty of care to ensure that your organization’s waste is being carried by someone with a licence. It’s easy to check the public registers – and worth making a diary note to periodically check that your waste carrier’s licence remains valid.
I was with an organization this week, working through all of the environmental risks we had identified and scoring them according to the organization’s newly defined criteria. The criteria cover a wide range of potential issues, including safety, health & environmental; reputation; impact on operations and cost.
As you might expect, some of the risks that are significant from an environmental point of view didn’t necessarily score highly in terms of the organization’s perception of overall risk. Also, some of the actions that we can take to significantly reduce environmental risk won’t reduce the risk rating at all because of the way it is scored.
However, this was still a really useful exercise. It clearly highlighted those areas where our proposed actions would make a significant difference to the organization’s perception of overall risk, and some of these are areas where we have struggled to get senior management support for projects in the past.
I am optimistic that this exercise will enable us to gain financial support for some really interesting projects that will generate significant environmental improvements as well as reducing risk for the organization.
What are your senior management team’s priorities with regard to risk, and how can you use that information to make environmental performance improvements?
As part of your assessment of risks and opportunities in your organization, have you considered the risk of failure of storage tanks? Yorkshire Water has just been fined £600,000 for a leak from one of their sewage storage tanks. How often do you check the integrity of your storage tanks and associated pipework?
US investment bank Morgan Stanley has recently reported that 86% of the millennial population are interested in sustainable investing.
This supports previous research indicating that millennials think that profit should not be the only driver for an organization.
How might this affect your organization? Having good sustainability credentials could help you to recruit and retain staff. Employees might also be interested in where you invest their pensions. If you are listed on the stock market, then you need to remain attractive to investors. And, of course, most organizations have millennials as customers.
What has your organization done to ensure that you make the most of this interest in sustainability by the millennial population?
A few years ago, a Sudanese friend of mine (who lives in Sudan), told me that they consider ‘meat’ to be what we would call ‘beef’. So, when vegetarians say that they don’t eat meat, they are likely to get chicken in their meal.
More recently, I read about someone who didn’t think that they produced any food waste in their house. On further investigation, it turned out that they thought that ‘food waste’ was just waste scraped from the plate.
How do you make sure that your internal communications are not misunderstood in a similar way? Are any of your issues that are proving hard to resolve associated with the way in which you are communicating?