Environment

Environment Picture

Introduction

FRESHFAST is committed to reducing its impact on the environment by managing its waste in an efficient and sustainable manner. At all times we will be aware of our responsibilities to minimise the impact our trading activity may have on the environment.

Waste can be classified generally as anything that someone no longer has a use for or does not want anymore. In the UK 67% of municipal waste and 54% of commercial and industrial waste is sent to landfill. Only 23% of municipal waste is recycled or composted and 35% of commercial or industrial.

Objectives

Each member of the FRESHFAST team should take reasonable steps to minimise the waste they produce. Where there are materials that are no longer required the following hierarchy of options should be followed:

Reduce – Avoid the need to discard materials in general. Consider asking suppliers to take back any packaging or re-usable items.

Re-use – Just because you no longer need an item it does not mean another department or person can’t make use of it. Consider passing on equipment to others before you dispose of it.

Recycle – Segregation of materials for recycling is essential for the reduction of the waste in our organisation. Plastics form paper etc.

Disposal – Any disposal of waste must comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Duty of Care and any codes of practise as per the attached list.

Organisation and Managament

The responsibility for adhering to this policy will affect all staff.

Management will take responsibility for ensuring that appropriate waste management services are provided to Freshfast through a registered and approved waste contractor.

Directors should ensure that their staff are equipped to implement this policy encouraging staff to co-operate with waste management and recycling in general.

Directors should take responsibility for ensuring that the company is compliant with the appropriate legislation and that procedures are prepared in accordance with the Duty of Care.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2005

These regulations aim to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is disposed in an appropriate environmentally suitable way at the end of its operational life.

The regulations aim to cover all electrical and electronic equipment used by consumers and professionals, which would end up in the municipal waste stream. The key principle of this directive is producer responsibility for disposal

  • FRESHFAST will encourage the use of Electronic communication where possible discouraging the printing of E-mails.
  • Where practicable buy and promote the use of environmentally friendly products. This would mean avoiding using non-renewable resources or products that are polluting in their production and use.
  • Trying to purchase items with minimal packaging and ensuring that the product is durable and repairable.
  • If disposal is the only option left then FRESHFAST will ensure that the Best Practicable Environmental Option (BPEO) is used.
  • FRESHFAST will adhere to the "Duty of Care" as detailed in the Environmental Protection Act in respect of all controlled waste.
  • Review the Waste Management Strategy annually setting targets for improvement and reduction.
  • Encourage all staff to help in the implementation of this policy.