A Governmental review of EU powers affecting the UK has revealed general support for waste and environment regulations.
The cross-department ‘balance of competences’ review looked at how UK industry and other stakeholders viewed the influence of EU legislation.
It said the waste management profession agreed that EU Landfill Directive and Waste Framework “significantly changed the UK’s approach to waste management, reducing landfill and increasing recycling”.
The Environmental Services Association told the review the Landfill Directive had led to a “huge reduction” in UK methane emissions from landfill, which are down 65% since 1990, and a “much better” rate of recovery of materials and energy for the UK economy.
In its response, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) said EU climate change policies had driven economic growth and jobs by creating a sufficiently large market for low-carbon technologies.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management called for further regulation in some areas and said there should be new EU-wide standards for solid recovered fuel and refuse derived fuels.
Both the CIWM and the Resource Association said that an additional 50,000 jobs could be created if the UK increased its recycling rate to 70%.
Some respondents warned against the cost of waste obligations on small to medium sized businesses.
The review said: “The evidence showed that in some cases respondents believed that EU regulation had not found the right balance between costs and benefits and that some legislation was disproportionate, with high costs experienced by companies or individuals leading to minimal environmental benefits.”
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I have no doubt that we have entered a new dawn in Scotland with the advent of the new Waste Regulations which came into force at the beginning of this year.
With an ambitious target set by the Scottish Government of 70% recycling and just 5% of waste going to landfill by 2025, the regulations are instrumental in helping us achieve this aim. However throughout the process of raising awareness of the regulations I’ve found it encouraging to see a real awakening across Scotland of the financial benefits on offer through managing waste more effectively.
Indeed, many businesses and organisations now know that it makes absolute financial sense to cut down on waste and recycle wherever possible; staking their claim to some of the estimated £192m savings on offer through businesses and organisations in Scotland becoming more savvy with how they manage their waste.
Here at Zero Waste Scotland, we have been working tirelessly to ensure that as many businesses and organisations as possible were prepared for the regulations when they came into force on 1 January.
The requirements are clear: all businesses and public sector organisations in Scotland are legally required to separate key recyclable materials including paper and card, plastic, metals and glass for recycling collection. In addition all food businesses which produce over 50kg of food waste per week must present this for separate collection unless they are located in a rural area. Regulations are a legal requirement, but can also have the added benefit of economic benefits for organisations.
That’s why it’s encouraging to see businesses across Scotland, large and small, come to realize that there is real value in their waste and as a result, making changes accordingly. Whereas the majority of larger companies have been separating their waste to some extent for some time, the new regulations have perhaps been more significant for smaller companies who are now beginning to see some substantial cost savings through the new way in which they now manage their waste.
While the perception is generally that recycling more means spending more, in many cases, businesses will see a minimal change in costs and in fact there can even be additional savings. For businesses which already recycle a couple of different materials, often adding others in to their existing contract comes at no extra cost. And by recycling more, you can afford to slim down your bin or reduce the frequency of residual waste collections, cutting the cost of waste management services.
This increasing recognition across Scotland of the financial benefits of separating waste for recycling, rather than having to pay hefty landfill charges, has perhaps been felt most keenly by the hospitality industry. This comes as no surprise as a recent report from WRAP highlighted the staggering annual cost to Scotland’s hospitality and food service sector of throwing away its food waste.
By implementing ways in which food waste can be cut down and recycled rather than thrown away, the industry is set to save a staggering £166m per annum.
Already we have seen evidence of companies within the hospitality industry making considerable savings – ranging from simple changes to bring them in line with the law, to more innovative and forward thinking approaches to help them stand out from the crowd.
However, given that the new regulations apply to all businesses and public sector organisations in Scotland, the waste industry itself has also had to step up to the mark and lead by example in the way that they themselves operate. It’s been great to be an instrumental player in facilitating this change through our new Resource Sector Commitment; and it’s our ambition to see all organisations involved in providing waste or resource management services to commercial customers in Scotland sign up to this programme.
The Resource Sector Commitment is a voluntary initiative through which signatories demonstrate their support for Scotland’s zero waste ambitions and state their commitment to delivering clearer and more flexible contracts, high quality, innovative resource management services and resource efficiency advice.
Social enterprise Changeworks Recycling was the first waste and resource management company to be accredited and has led by example by recycling everything where possible and using EEV low carbon vehicles which run on biofuels. Staff training has been key for the company and due to being involved in the consultation on the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations back in 2009, Changeworks has been able to be at the forefront of developments in waste regulation and has tailored how it operates accordingly.
Local authorities and private contractors including Lowmac and William Tracey Group have also signed up to the commitment. William Tracey Group has taken an innovative approach to waste collection to help make the transition to compliance easier for its customers. Their new split body vehicles collect all recyclable materials in one visit, ensuring that waste which has been carefully sorted stays segregated, whilst carbon emissions resulting from its transport are reduced.
At Zero Waste Scotland, together with our partners, the Scottish Government, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Convention of Scotland Local Authorities (CoSLA), Scottish Environmental Services Association (SESA), Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM), Federation of Small Businesses, and Scottish local authorities; we have worked hard to ensure all businesses and public sector organisations were aware of the regulations in good time to make the necessary changes to their businesses and organisations in order to be legally compliant.
I am tremendously proud of the real collaboration I’ve seen between all parties in raising awareness of the new waste regulations and I see this partnership going from strength to strength as the New Year continues.
There are significant environmental and economic benefits associated with recycling. Recycling helps create jobs, can be more cost effective than trash collection, reduces the need for new landfills, saves energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry, and adds significantly to the U.S. economy.
More Jobs, Economic Development, and Tax Revenue
- The recycling and reuse industry consists of approximately 56,000 establishments that employ over 1.1 million people, generate an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion, and gross over $236 billion in annual revenues.
More Energy Security
- The amount of energy saved differs by material, but almost all recycling processes achieve significant energy savings compared to virgin material production. For example, recycling of aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from virgin sources. For each can recycled, this is enough energy to run a television or computer for three hours.
- By conservative estimates, recycling was projected to save 605 trillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) in 2005, equal to the energy used in 6 million households annually.
Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Current evidence suggests that it is likely that human activities have contributed to accelerated warming of the Earth’s surface through the increase of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) which have altered the chemical composition of the atmosphere.
- While there is uncertainty regarding the human and ecological impacts of climate change, scientists have identified that our health, agriculture, water resources, forests, wildlife and coastal areas are vulnerable to the changes that global warming may bring.
Less Pressure on Landfills and More Natural Resources for Future Generations
- Recycling revenues can help defray recycling costs and forestall the need for new disposal capacity as every cubic yard of material recycled is one less cubic yard of landfill space that is required. These avoided costs are part of the “revenues” that recycling brings to a community. For example, in 1996, Ann Arbor, Michigan, spent $71 per ton on recycling and composting, compared to $86 per ton for trash collection and disposal.
- In 1996, 130 million cubic yards of material were diverted from landfills due to recycling and composting. If this amount of material had not been recycled, the U.S. would have needed 64 additional landfills, each with enough capacity to serve the combined city populations of Dallas and Detroit.
Newport CH International is a leader in the field of exporting recyclable fibers, plastics, and metals. We are known for providing professional, efficient, and excellent service to all of our suppliers and customers around the world. We are actively looking for plastic brokers in the Midwest, South, and South East regions as well as Central America, Europe, and Canada. The ideal candidate will already have a book of business in plastic commodities.
Proactively prospect and maintain positive relationship with customers within an assigned region.
The following responsibilities are general duties; the actual duties required of this position may vary.
-Proactively maintain and retain existing customers
-Cultivate and exhibit an awareness of market behaviors and competitive trends
-Maintain thorough knowledge of the company's available services, lines of business, pricing structures, and offer additional services as appropriate to existing customers
-Oversee and manage current company vendors and/or equipment
-Communicate with logistics team on a consistent basis
-Participate in relevant trade shows and other company-sponsored activities as required
-Experience in recycling industry (recycling commodities preferred)
-Ability to work remotely (from a home office and travel)
-Excellent written and oral presentation skills
-Superior communication skills, both with internal support teams and external customers
-Self-motivated, highly-driven, and a high degree of personal integrity
Newport CH offers a competitive salary, commission, expense account and comprehensive
benefits including medical, dental, matching 401k, and paid vacation.
For immediate consideration please e-mail your resume to NewportHR@newportchintl.com
***Please read the requirements before sending your resume! ***
Newport CH International is a leader in the field of exporting recyclable fibers, plastics, and metals. We are known for providing professional, efficient, and excellent service to all of our suppliers and customers around the world. The ideal candidate should possess experience in the scrap recycling industry, ocean export or freight forwarding experience.
The following responsibilities are general duties; the actual duties required of this position may vary.
-Processing ocean export shipments from supplier’s facilities to the pier / rail ramp
-Communication with ocean carriers, suppliers, and various departments within the company
-Requesting and compiling rates for trucking, (dray, OTR, trans-load)
-Tracking inventory of material bought and sold
-Making bookings with ocean carriers
-Handling ocean freight
-Extensive knowledge of trucking and ocean export process
-Ability to solve problems and follow up with issues
-Outstanding attention to detail
-Strong verbal and written communication skills
-Ability to multi-task, work within time-constraints, and perform under pressure
-Ability to work independently and / or as part of a team
-Strong computer skills
-Cie-Trade experience preferred
-Bachelors degree preferred
***Please respond only if you meet the above criteria and have experience working in the scrap recycling industry, ocean export or freight forwarding. We welcome applications from qualified candidates. Please send your resume to Newporthr@newportchintl.com
Newport CH International is a leader in the field of exporting recyclable fibers, plastics, and metals. We are known for providing professional, efficient, and excellent service to all of our suppliers and customers around the world. The ideal candidate should possess ocean export / import or freight forwarding experience.
-negotiate ocean export bill of lading
-produce all required documents stipulated by the letter of credit.
-extensive communication with ocean carriers, banks, customers, and various departments within the company.
- Ability to solve problems and follow up with issues
- Outstanding attention to detail and follow instructions
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to multi-task, work within time-constraints, and perform under pressure
- Ability to work independently and / or as part of a team
- Computer and internet savvy
***Please respond only if you meet the above criteria and have experience working with ocean export or freight forwarding. We welcome applications from qualified candidates. Please send your resume to Newporthr@newportchintl.com
Bureau of International Recycling- Created in 1948, BIR is the international federation of industries involved in the recovery and recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, paper, textiles and plastics.
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries - The voice of the Recycling Industry.
Waste News - Waste News is the leading weekly publication in North America for the waste management, recycling, landfill, and hazardous waste industries.
Steel Recycling Institute - Includes information about cans, cars, construction materials, and appliances.
American Forest & Paper Association - AF&PA is the national trade association of the forest, paper, and wood products industry. This site includes recycling news, publications, and tips specific to the industry.
Global Recycling Network - This site provides a range of recycling related information, from a recycling business center and marketplace to a reference library.
Recycling International Magazine - Recycling International Magazine
www.napcor.com - A national trade association that promotes PET recycling and the use of PET plastic.
Recycling Today Magazine - A business magazine for recycling professionals.
Waste Age Magazine - For the solid waste and recycling industries.
Journal of Commerce - A weekly magazine published in the US that focuses on trade topics.
Our focus is on the sourcing of recyclable paper, plastics and metals throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. We are direct export shippers for the recycling industry, supplying numerous mills in China, as well as other Asian countries, with quality products. We provide raw material for their 'state of the art' mills and manufacturing facilities.
Our overseas customers have the assurance of consistent supply and quality, further strengthened by our partnership with Canusa Hershman Recycling Company, headquartered in Connecticut and Maryland.
Newport CH handles all logistics in-house, including shipping line rate negotiations, bookings and local drayage assistance. We take care of all required export documentation and banking transactions from our corporate office in Orange, California. To facilitate our exports to China we are AQSIQ certified and are an approved CCIC self-inspection company. Newport CH strives to encourage growth in the recycling industry by being supportive and involved with numerous state and local government agencies.
Through our office in Shanghai, China we are able to work directly with the mill buyers in order to meet their requirements. We are in constant communication with our Shanghai office to stay apprised of any market changes or concerns with material arriving into China.
Newport CH's offices in London and Amsterdam expand our services by exporting material from the UK and European locations to Asia.
For the past 5 years, The US Journal of Commerce has consistently ranked Newport CH as one of the top ten exporters.