It has been reported that an estimated 40 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment was found in dump yards in 2014. The countries that pride themselves on ecological consciousness had the highest per-capita tallies. This has been reported by the United Nations University, the UN’s educational and research branch.
According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2014: Quantities, Flows and Resources said that approximately 41.8 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste was mostly general house hold appliances such as fridges, washing machine and also other domestic appliances. Taking that into consideration, it is the equivalent of 1.15 million heavy trucks that is forming a long line of 23,000kms. That is approximately the distance from New York to Tokyo and back!
The Liberal Democrats, if elected are planning to introduce an Incineration Tax on waste. Their manifesto confirmed ‘Five Green Laws’ that will include a Resource Efficiency and Zero Waste Act to build a reuse and recycling industry.
The proposed Zero Waste Act includes the following below:
Implementation of recommendations from planned ‘Stern Report’ on resource efficiency, which the Natural Capital Committee will conduct
Increased penalties for waste crimes, aiming to move from an average fine of £50,000 to £75,000 and to an average sentence of 12 to 18 months
A statutory recycling target of 70% for waste in England
Regulation to promote design that enhances repair-ability, reuse and recycling, requiring specified products to be sold with parts and labour guarantees for at least five years.
A great video showing what happens to all the waste produced in London. Disposal of waste is arranged across four joint waste disposal authorities (JWDA) comprised of the East London Waste Authority (ELWA), North London Waste Authority (NLWA).
The scheme was established in 1994 and has developed partnerships with all types of businesses by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle. As waste is often not managed properly in the city, it tends to cause problems environmentally and publically – so the scheme aims to:
• Promote good waste management practices
• Encourage waste minimisation, reuse and recycling
• Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill
• Ensure compliance with Duty of Care regulations
• Encourage City businesses to take pride in their surroundings
• Provide a forum for City businesses to exchange waste management initiatives<
• Reduce smoking related litter
The Clean City Awards Scheme improves waste management systems which can save your company money by reducing all unwanted waste allowing you to recycle or reuse more. By being part of the scheme you will be recognised and rewarded for the hard work, which enhances your company’s environmental credentials and improves the company’s image.
When you join the Clean City Awards Scheme, you can attend the environmental best practise meetings where members can hear from waste management organisations and advisors. The meetings enable all members to exchange ideas on waste management, waste minimisation, reuse and recycling which may make your company resource more efficiently. It is instrumental in raising the standard of environmental performance of City businesses by connecting them with best practices and providing the greatest opportunities to progress further.
The previous winners of Clean City Awards Scheme include:
Chairman’s Cup winners
Winner of the Chairman’s Cup Large Site – London Stock Exchange, Paternoster Square
Winner of the Chairman’s Cup Small Site – London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Queen Street
Winner of the Chairman’s Cup Facilities Management – Cannon Bridge House, Dowgate hill
Special Commendations and other awards
The Special Commendations are given to those sites the Judges felt had made an outstanding effort, overall or in a particular area, which deserves special recognition by giving a Platinum Award with Special Commendations. These were awarded to:
Special Commendation Large Site Royal Bank of Canada, Riverbank House
Special Commendation Small Site Worshipful Company of Skinners, Skinners Hall
Special Commendation Facilities Management Jones Lang LaSalle, Regis House