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|Waste disposal involves
'Waste' includes materials we have used, those we no longer need, and those we should dispose of. It includes all materials that are to be recycled (i.e. broken down to reclaim components or materials), but not items that are to be re-used in their current form.
For all waste we must:
It is illegal for any waste, however innocuous, to be disposed of improperly or handled by an un-licensed company (apart from the Council).
Therefore, it is College Policy that only the Estates Department may organise the removal of waste. No other employees are permitted to arrange for the removal of materials from College premises.
This document provides:
Serious pollution may occur if waste is not handled properly, and the College may be prosecuted for failing to comply with any of these provisions, with fines likely to run into thousands of pounds. Please help make sure we comply.
Report any improper use to your Site Manager (Estates) immediately.
As well as legislation pertaining to all types of waste material - i.e. any material that the College no longer needs or wants - there are additional specific requirements for:
All wastes must be stored securely, protected from:
In particular, where there is any risk of leakage causing damage to land, drains, sewers, ground water or surface water the container must be protected within a suitable bund, and the bund maintained and regularly inspected.
All waste receptacles, including skips, must be clearly marked with the type of waste they are to be used for and use should be supervised to ensure against contamination.
All hazardous waste must be held separate to non-hazardous waste; i.e. it is illegal to allow non-hazardous items to be disposed in container designated for hazardous waste, and to allow hazardous waste to contaminate a non-hazardous waste container. It is also illegal to mix different types of hazardous waste; e.g. fluorescent tubes must be stored and disposed separately to oils.
In order to minimise the risk of contamination that may reduce the efficiency of recycling processes, these items MUST be stored
Note: some WEEE may also be classed as hazardous waste. This can be a particular concern if items are broken or partially dismantled (when health and safety concerns are likely to arise).
No waste may be disposed of on-site (such as by burning, burying or pouring down drain). Nobody may be permitted to remove waste from any College site unless they are licensed by the Environment Agency and approved by the Director of Estates. All waste movements (except for Hazardous Waste, see below) must be fully described on a Waste Transfer Note, detailing the exact types and amounts of waste using the European Waste Catalogue descriptions, and held by the Estates Department for two years.
It is illegal for the College to allow any non-licensed organisation (apart from the Council) to handle any of its waste. Evidence, in the form of an authorised copy of their licence, must be viewed for all contractors used. It is the legal duty of the College to ensure that organisations are correctly licensed and to keep proof; it is not sufficient to rely on the waste company's assurances. This process is managed by the Director of Estates.
College waste must not be taken to household waste recycling centres (or similar), even if staff are taking their own waste there.
For hazardous waste, additional checks are required to ensure that waste companies are licensed for the particular materials.
All Hazardous Waste must be recorded on a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note. This will be provided by the waste handling contractor, but should be completed by the Faculty / Division generating the waste. The items to be disposed of must be enumerated in detail on the note - generalisations can lead to legal comeback, and even the waste being returned to us. Completed consignment notes must be forwarded to your Site Manager (Estates) for archiving.
It is illegal for such items to be disposed of at landfill sites. Specialist disposal which maximises recycling opportunities must be utilised, which will involve using a specialist company.
Furthermore the College is legally obliged to minimise waste production either directly through efficient use, or indirectly through utilising recycled materials.
Some examples of how this might be achieved:
I'm sure your students will come up with more - might be a good topic for a project.
Please contact the College Environmental Co-ordinator for further advice. You may also find the following websites helpful: