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Going for Green Compliance 2 October 2014 Claire McNally, Associate Cleaver Fulton Rankin Green Biz 2014
Topics Updating your legislation register The cost of non compliance Opportunities in environmental compliance Practical example of compliance – waste and the duty of care
Legislation register Sources – E.g., Netregs; Cedrec; nibusinessinfo Take specific advice – applicability, interpretation, likely implementation, case law etc.
Non compliance Water legislation – offence to discharge polluting matter in to a waterway, underground strata or groundwater; Statutory Nuisance – e.g., deposit prejudicial to health or a nuisance; Protected areas or protected species; Waste legislation o Contaminated Land regime – polluter pays principle. Not yet commenced; o Article 27 Notice o Keeping, treating or disposal of waste in a manner likely to cause pollution to the environment; o Breach of the Duty of Care; o Proceeds of Crime
Opportunities and Future Developments? Manufacturing Company - Case Study CSR and good PR Tenders Reduced waste = cost savings ISO Environmental Management Systems – out for consultation with an updated version due by end of Emphasis on leaders within organisations promoting environmental management and shift towards improving environmental performance rather than management systems; Environmental Better Regulation Bill – DOE issued response to consultation in August 2013; Better Regulation Feedback and Review of NI Business Red Tape (Pilot reviews with a focus on construction, agri-food and three specific areas of hospitality).
Waste and the Duty of Care Restrictions on the landfilling of food waste –Regulations regarding separately collected food waste and banning of food waste to landfill from April 2015; Proposal to increase EU recycling targets by 2030; Duty of Care Code of Practice updated July 2014; Waste Producer and the Duty of Care – Practical considerations:- Handle and store waste safely and securely – e.g., containers, prevent leakage, vandalism Check is the waste carrier/manager authorised and reputable – NIEA public register? Waste Transfer Note (WTN) – accurate and adequate description of waste, bear signatories etc.; Keep WTNs for a minimum of 2 years (or 3 years if Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes); Should know destination of waste; landfill, transfer station, export; Your obligations do not cease at the point the waste leaves your premises; not until there is a new “producer”, e.g., transfer facility that changes the nature of the waste; NB disposing of waste and Data Protection Act – personal data