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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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

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?

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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.

Recycled 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

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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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We will give free advice on your disposal options and paper trail with no obligation. Please contact us on 0161 848 0976 or sales@prdservices.co.uk

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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.