Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You can save money if you manage your waste well and choose the best waste management options for your business.
You need to choose the best waste management options for dealing with each type of waste your business produces.
You should follow the waste management hierarchy when choosing a waste option.
The waste hierarchy can help you to choose the least environmentally damaging option:
In Northern Ireland you must declare on your waste transfer note or hazardous waste consignment note that you have applied the waste management hierarchy. For information about waste transfer and consignment notes:
When choosing a waste option for your business, you should consider:
You should select the best waste management option available as part of a co-ordinated plan to improve the way you deal with waste. Whichever waste management options you choose, you must comply with waste legislation.
Resource Efficient Scotland has produced a series of free, online training modules for SMEs. The training will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to put in place effective resource efficiency measures in your business. They deal with energy, waste and water efficiency. You can work through them at your own speed, choosing the modules that are relevant to your business.
The NIEA has produced a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
The NIEA has produced a guidance that explains the reuse of materials, and when waste legislation does not apply.
SEPA has produced guidance on how the waste regulations apply to reuse of goods.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has produced detailed guidance for the construction sector. This is free to download.
Choosing a waste management option
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