Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.

Recycling is a complicated business

Recycling is a complicated business.

Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.

You only need to take a quick look at the recent MRW to see how complex recycling is. The issue also highlights the need for continuous supplier due diligence, to avoid shocks to budget and indeed unanticipated enforcement action. (https://www.mrw.co.uk/latest/company-fined-after-dumped-waste-traced-by-council/10025345.article) Your drums, IBCS and 25 litre plastic containers have secure reuse and recycling routes despite this complex world.

The article linked below shows a catch up of something I found incomprehensible in my years in early MRF development; namely the introduction of even more types of polymer to what was already a crowded place.

https://www.mrw.co.uk/latest/war-of-words-over-oxo-biodegradable-plastic/10025318.article

New evidence showing the complexity of micro plastic pollution shows how long it sometimes takes us to understand the impact on the environment.

In the same edition China’s contamination levels for recyclable materials are discussed under review. Technical issues on contamination become real issues if prices reduce, recycled stocks rise, budgets gains appear and on site fire risks go beyond agreed risk assessments.

Yet there is news to work with. Plastic drums and IBCs have a proven route for reuse and recycling, with UK processors providing quality service and technical support for a range of industry and agriculture. Even so many containers still find their way to landfill, waste to every or incorrectly licensed sites.

Don’t be responsible for a chemical residue entering the effluent streams uncontrolled. Where plastic in the form of drums, IBCs or 25 litres are suitable for cleaning and reuse or recycling, find a contractor that will. One with a hazardous waste license, chemist control and management of the environment at the core of its business ethic.

Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.
Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.
Recycling is a complicated business. Oxo biodegradable plastics, China and humble plastic drum, IBC and 25 litre plastic container.

For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.u

Who will help the enforcers?

Who will help the enforcers?

Who will help the enforcers? It’s not all about offshore accounts.

Who will help the enforcers? It’s not all about offshore accounts.

Payment by cash for scrap metal and ignoring the spirit and the letter of waste licensing law. How local authority, police, HMRC and the Environment Agency are trapped in budget cutting inaction.

Recycling scrap metal and regulation of the waste industry are linked in many different ways. The question of who forces the enforcers apply to both.

 

Take the issue of a hazardous contaminated scrap steel drum.

Stage 1 : the producer does not declare the hazard contained in the drum either at all, or incorrectly.

Stage 2 : the recycling facility is not licensed for hazardous waste in the first place, or for processing any hazardous waste. The site therefore carries out no pre-acceptance checks. The site does no sampling or inspection. Wastes produced from such sites can only therefore be describing their wastes for onward disposal inadequately.

Stage 3 : the undeclared hazard, not inspected and unprocessed is delivered to a scrap metal recycling facility.

Stage 4 : the scrap recycling facility ignores the NO payment in cash provision in the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, giving an incentive and therefore encouraging customers to generate material without correctly declared paperwork.

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You can see in this mythical scenario the local authority, relying on the police to enforce the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, is at best in a weak position. (https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/bmra-fears-scrap-metal-dealers-act-is-weakening/) The licensing regime has no paperwork trail to inspect. HMRC miss on VAT and possibly income tax also. What is on the face of it some cash generation to avoid tax, can easily lead to significant environmental legislation violation.

We are all responsible to help the enforcers by preparing correct paperwork, identifying companies and individuals who are operating outside regulation, be it Environmental or tax. Take a look around over the next couple of weeks and see if you can help the enforcers force greater compliance. The Environment and the country need all responsible businesses to stand up for plain common sense.

 

Who will help the enforcers?

fires due to hazardous waste

Increase in recycling stocks increase in Insurance

INCREASE IN RECYCLING STOCKS INCREASE IN INSURANCE

Increase in recycling stocks increase in insurance may occur. As recyclable material stops moving to China, there will be increased pressure to hold stocks at recovery and transfer facilities. The track record of fires in the industry has increased Environment Agency vigilance on stocks occurring outside licensed conditions. This has also increased the need for more sophisticated techniques such as thermal monitoring equipment for bales and waste piles.

This all restricts the abilities of companies to stockpile material. If you are allowing your hazardous contaminated packaging for reuse or recycling down these routes there are a couple of potential consequences. There could be an abrupt interruption to your collection process. Materials could be stored for extended periods. If there is a fire enforcement and paperwork trail analysis is inevitable. More fires results in increased insurance premiums.

fifires due to hazardous waste

INSURANCE INCREASES

Insurance costs for waste management and recycling companies are increasing rapidly.
In an industry already convulsed by liability insurances 10-15 times that you would expect for equivalent industries without the fire record, this is difficult news. Barely a week goes by without reference to a waste or recycling fire.

Hazardous waste site fires have also been significant, the total destruction of a state of the art facility in Skelmersdale in December last year being a major example.  With a sophisticated tracking system, EA and HSE approval all in place, human error is still potentially at the heart of serious incidents. Remembering the scrap yard set alight by a Chinese lantern in the Birmingham area, or instances of fires caused by the unexpected combustion, spontaneous or otherwise of incorrectly described material and you can easily see why insurance costs rise rapidly.

Transport related liability cover is also attracting hefty premium increases. As insurers acknowledge that low interests are here to stay, and that increases will be small and slow, the cost of payouts for ‘all of life’ incidents is increasing to compensate. All transport companies can expect above inflation increases for some years to come due to this process of adjustment. This will be passed on in increased transport charges to customers.

Are your current suppliers capable of withstanding these increases? Check the policy and reconfirm the £10,000,000 indemnity. If only at £5.000,000 reconsider their suitability.

Choosing your waste or recycling supplier is more complex than ever and being aware of these overhead pressures important. It is essential in all supply chain arrangements that risks are managed. This includes the risk of supply fracture due to inadequate insurance. Some waste brokers and ill-advised companies may not take this fully into consideration.

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For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

fires due to hazardous waste
waste hierarchy - drum man has arrived!

Waste Hierarchy – Drum Man has arrived! our new team member

Drum Man - Waste Hierarchy

Welcome to Packaging Reuse, looking forward to seeing what Drum Man finds to talk about. The first version talks about the waste hierarchy and how companies can work with the environment and businesses. Ensure the best methods appropriate are used.

We can help you find the best option for your waste, we also have an in-house chemist which we should be talking about more, so if you are unsure please ask us and if there are any doubts or queries are chemist is on hand to advise and make sure that the correct methods are used.

Look out for Drum Man on social media - LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He brings a smile to your face whilst giving interesting educational informative communications within the recycling and environmental sectors.

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Waste Hierarchy

When choosing your hazardous waste or packaging removal company it is useful to understand the relationship with the waste hierarchy.

At Packaging Reuse we monitor raw materials presented as waste on behalf of our customers, and inform them of potential production non- conformances, if we receive regular or large quantities of raw material as waste.

This first element of the waste hierarchy PREVENTION is generally not even considered by waste transfer stations.

 

Our bespoke service then maximises reuse for packaging back into industry. Non-reusable material is presented to our range of cleaning and processing solutions to prepare recyclate for our network of UK REPROCESSOR trading partners in metal, polymer and fibre.
Further material is then handled via an MRF facility leaving negligible landfill at the end of our process.

In considering the waste hierarchy check the systems of your hazardous waste and packaging disposal suppliers, you may be surprised how far down the hierarchy some operators are.

INCREASE IN WASTE CRIME

Increase in waste crime | RWM Exhibition | PRDServices

Increase in waste time ‘Fresh from the show LAST week – RWM Exhibition’

So, if low value raw materials such as mixed rigid plastics and lightly contaminated materials find their way into the landfill waste stream the chances of contractors comitting waste crime and sustaining the landfill tax charges are limited.

As Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency said at the RWM this week the Agency’s understanding of the “new waste campaign” in China, “is that from the end of 2017, the import of 24 wastes could potentially be completely banned.

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This would include different plastics, slag from steelmaking, and several types of waste wool and ash. From 2019, imports of solid wastes to China could be stopped where they can be replaced by domestic sources.”

Emma Howard Boyd continued: “This may lead to a downturn in the waste exports market and could lead to poorer quality waste streams being stockpiled or disposed of illegally in the UK. To deal with these potential scenarios, we are working with DEFRA to combine our joint understanding of priority waste flows, and to identify potential opportunities to support and increase in UK recycling capacity.”

PRD Services are experts in this field, dealing daily with Hazardous Waste from around the country.

Hazardous packaging

Are you secure from waste crime? II

Hazardous packaging loads produce hazardous waste.

Hazardous packaging loads produce hazardous waste.
Drummed hazardous waste loads can cost up to £10,000 per vehicle load.
No wonder waste has become attractive to some who are unscrupulous.
There are many well documented waste piles on farmland, tyres in warehouses, fires hiding a multitude of sins.
But don’t forget that with such large invoices being raised this can also happen with less visible smaller quantities of waste.

Take plastic recycling, thousands of tonnes of plastic contaminated with chemicals and other wastes have been exported in the past.
Although this is receding, there are still unlicensed UK processors who take this material for recycling and any prosecution can include that site’s supply chain.
Tankers making illegal deposits make regulators and water operators life more and more difficult as years go by.
And with stretched enforcement staff, it is easy to accept the story that this is licensed and acceptable.

Don’t be fooled! View the permit.

Don’t be fooled.
View the permit.
Check waste acceptance procedures.
Ensure signed waste returns are filed.
The electronic system behind waste movements can catch up with you.
 
At Packaging Reuse we use only UK reprocessors for our plastic recycling.
Packaging Reuse has rigorous pre-acceptance.
We will give free advice on your disposal options and paper trail with no obligation.

For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

 

Choosing your waste/disposal company responsibly!

When choosing your hazardous waste or packaging removal company

When choosing your hazardous waste or packaging removal company it is useful to understand the relationship with the waste hierarchy.

At Packaging Reuse we monitor raw materials presented as waste on behalf of our customers, and inform them of potential production non- conformances, if we receive regular or large quantities of raw material as waste. This first element of the waste hierarchy PREVENTION is generally not even considered by waste transfer stations.

Our bespoke service then maximises reuse for packaging back into industry. Non-reusable material is presented to our range of cleaning and processing solutions to prepare recyclate for our network of UK REPROCESSOR trading partners in metal, polymer and fibre.
Further material is then handled via an MRF facility leaving negligible landfill at the end of our process.

In considering the waste hierarchy check the systems of your hazardous waste and packaging disposal suppliers, you may be surprised how far down the hierarchy some operators are.

For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

Are you secure from waste crime?

All responsible companies understand their Duty-of-Care with respect to waste management. This involves ensuring that the company removing the waste is registered with the Environment Agency, and that the site receiving the waste has the appropriate permit. Yet prosecutions recently have shown how easy it is to fail this basic test.

For example, there are facilities that have in good faith dispatched product for reuse, later to discover illegal disposal has occurred with a significant amount of the material. We have seen cases where supposedly clean, recyclable plastic which is contaminated with hazardous waste is stored and reprocessed on unlicensed facilities. In the case of industrial packaging waste, a drum or IBC will usually have a product label which can immediately identify it back to the producer, yet there are cases recently where IBCs and drums contaminated with hazardous chemical waste and still showing the original labels are being stored illegally on unlicensed and unmade ground.

In any of these scenarios would you be happy with your company being involved in an Environment Agency prosecution trail? Add to this the criminal element – this article in Materials Recycling Weekly in May (https://www.mrw.co.uk/latest/entrenched-waste-crime-costs-england-600m/10019503.article) shows both the potential cost to “UK PLC”, but also the frightening extent to which criminality could be involved.

The legislation regarding empty packaging waste has changed recently, and even following the latest industry guidance from the Chemical Industries Association may not be straightforward. At Packaging Reuse, we have put together an in-house compliance team who can offer practical advice and solutions for your packaging waste and a bespoke permitted facility to handle it in accordance with the most recent standards. Our assessment and advice costs nothing, and may just help you avoid the potential pitfalls of failing to properly fulfil your Duty-of-Care with regard to your waste.

 

For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

Packaging Reuse provide JIT (Just-In-Time) delivery

Why Choose Packaging Reuse For Your Reconditioning and Recycling Requirements?

When it comes to industrial standard packaging, high standard of construction and subsequent performance is only half the story. Increasingly, the current economy requires for the efficient and effective use of resources by from a financial and an environmental perspective.

Pakaging Reuse offer the highest standard of Drum and IBC reconditioning. Key to all our undertakings is the maintenance of both performance and environmental efficiency, to the benefit of our customers.

We only utilise modern and highly developed systems when providing either reconditioning and recycling services to our customers. This method of operation provides two key benefits:

  • Ensures that performance is maintained across an extended lifecycle.
  • Guarantees that all environmental practices and requirements are met in line with new WM3 classification and regulation.

These core benefits are ensured by the multi-faceted approach that we utilise, the process includes:

  • The provision of nationwide collection networks of your industrial containers and hazardous waste.
  • The provision of reconditioned industrial packaging which meets Certified Standards.
  • The Certification of both packaging and hazardous waste to UN Recommendations and those laid out in the WM3 legislation.
  • The dedicated reconditioning and recycling of industrial packaging.
  • The dedicated safe handling and removal of all hazardous waste, in line with the regulations outlined in the WM3 legislation.
  • We offer both inspection and test facilities for Dangerous Goods Use, in line with both UN recommendations and WM3 legislation.

Our customers and clients can rest assured that we provide the optimum solution for their waste packaging, both in terms of leveraging the maximum economic advantage and environmental compliance. This is irrespective of the specific option which is utilised, as these two objectives are achieved brand wide, in all our re-conditioning, recycling, reuse and recovery services.

Should you be unsure of the specific qualification of your used industrial packaging and waste regulation, then do not worry! Our team are on hand to provide technical assistance and advice, including the handling of both hazardous and dangerous waste.

For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

WM3: What You Need To Know

In July WM3, or Waste Management 3, came into force. This is the latest technical guidance provided by the Environmental Agency on how to both assess and clarify waste, building on the previous, no outdated guidance provided in WM2.

In many ways a clarification of existing regulations, it has however placed more onerous expectations on producers of waste, particularly in relation to HP14(FORMERLY H14).

The classification of HP 14 is clarified with H code or Risk Phase equations making it particularly difficult for mixtures of materials and some compounds to achieve non-hazardous by HP14 status. This is particularly true of effluents and filter cakes, the standard fare of many industrial and chemical processes.

This will inevitably lead to increase assessment and analysis costs for companies and potentially restrict the opportunities for waste brokers.

Controversy is also the case with the continued declaration of 15.01.10 contaminated packaging as this is an absolute hazard, meaning large quantities of hazardous waste are being consigned to facilities only licensed to receive non-hazardous wastes. Add to this the regular stories of containers emptied to industry standards as empty 15.01.10 containers yet reported to contain several per cent or up to 40 litres of product mean that there is considerable scope for incorrect or under declaration of hazardous waste streams.

Only bona fide hazardous waste facilities are licensed and capable of receiving these with site chemist, infrastructure and appropriate NSDS assessment and method statements.

Packaging Reuse are one such company, for further details regarding how we can meet your hazardous waste requirements, in line with the current legislation, to aid the clarifications of waste stream. It is now more vital than ever to have a team helping handle such issues as:

  • Assisting in identification and analysis of waste in a cost effective manner.
  • Network all hazardous disposal options from Cemfuel, high temperature incineration, TFS and treatment.
  • Identify product and packaging costs properly as part of the overall waste cost:
  • Waste disposal costs:
  • Cost of packaging
  • Cost of manufacturing on raw materials and/or product
  • Cost of disposal
  • Packaging Reuse’s USP is to quantify all three of these costs.

In order to discuss the compliance of your waste stream with WM3, a member of our customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976.

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk