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Storage and Identification of Waste and Recycling Material

Increasing the amount of material which is recycled can have tremendous financial benefits for a company as well as helping to prevent further damage to the environment and planet earth. The more material which is recycled means that less needs to be created new from raw materials such as wood, oil (plastics) or minerals which have to be mined and cause a visual scar upon the landscape.

Whilst there is still a long way to go, companies and businesses (as well as individual households) have made tremendous strides over the last decade or so in terms of the amount of recycling which is performed, whether this means using the materials and items again themselves or putting it into a specific recycling bin for collection rather than throwing it out with the general waste which is often sent to landfill. Along with pressure from government and local councils who can issue fines for a failure to put items in the correct bins, an increase in education and awareness has also made people recognise the importance of recycling and reducing the negative impact that the unsustainable over-consumption of raw materials has upon the planet.

One element which is important when it comes to businesses and the amount of recycling that they undertake is the correct storage and identification of waste material and that which is to be recycled. A failure to do this properly can mean that items which can and were intended to be recycled are mistakenly sent off with the general waste to landfill. If this happens it will obviously negate the entire point and effort of separating the recyclables from non-recyclable waste in the first place. Often a simple form of labelling and segregation can be utilised to ensure that mix-ups should not take place and that the different items end up going to where they are supposed to go.

Different materials may also be incompatible with each other and may pose a danger to the health and safety of those in the vicinity if there is a reaction between them. Obviously this has a much greater potential for a disaster than a simple case of accidentally taking a bag of paper to landfill one week or something. Depending upon the material, liquids, substances or whatever it is which make up the items, it may fall under the category of requiring coshh training of staff so that they are aware of the potential dangers and can introduce and enforce suitable control measures to prevent any dangerous reaction from occurring.

Related Course

Please see below for more information on the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate:

NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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