Our attitude to recycling changed in the late 1990’s Only started measuring the cost of waste in 2001 - £12,893 Landfill was not expensive (certainly not its true cost) Lazy approach / busy enough thanks! Lack of education / awareness
Where to next: Still have problem areas – Polystyrene, Plastic Pots. Education - Greater sharing of solutions. Need to keep pushing to find better ways. Not easy when we are having to run a lean business. We still have to find a way of dealing with on site concessions.
Some thoughts for the policy makers: Create an environment to encourage innovation. Don’t legislate to drive change. Just up the costs of inaction. Scrap metal dealers were not legislated into existence! Put the costs of the easy options up i.e Landfill. Increase the fines for fly tipping and the chances of getting caught.
Some thoughts for the waste generators: You MUST create a cost centre for waste in your accounts. Tell everyone what waste costs. Take steady steps to reduce it. 80/20 rule applies here. Be prepared to invest. Involve the marketing department, you might as well shout about it.
So how do Stewarts feel about where we are: Still got problem areas. Polystyrene & Plastic Pots. In 2001 waste was costing us £12,893 p.a. Last year it was making us £3,000 p.a. So it’s paying. But it has cost us over £100,000 to get here. We can still do so much better. We need to put more pressure on those that trade on our sites.