Contents Recycling & WA S T E W O R L D
GONE ARE the days when a waste transfer station was a shed where collected waste was simply dumped on the ground without being separated into residual waste
and recyclables. Today’s modern waste transfer facility is a high tech, sophisticated operation; an example of which is to be found on page 22 which looks at the waste transfer plant in Cadiz; said to be the largest in Europe. Not everyone, of course, is running
a large business and particularly not when it comes to skip hire. Which is why in the first of our best practice guides, we focus on small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). With SMEs in mind, financial advice is to be found on page 10 while page 4 offers tips on getting the best deal on insurance. Turn to page 16 to find out about
the benefits for skip hire operators of obtaining a CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) card. Pages 6 and 7 contain important information on a Container Handling Manufacturing Association standard that focuses on safety requirements for skip loaders. The purpose of this guide is to help
waste transfer facilities operators and skip hire companies fulfil their legal obligations. We hope it achieves its aim.
PAGE 4: Protecting yourself against risky business There are at least five different classes of insurance risks that skip hire and waste transfer facility operators need to consider; from the obvious vehicle and liability insurance to the less considered management liability risk. Tony Gibbs from Macbeth Insurance explains.
PAGES 6-7: An industry standard for skip loaders Last year, the Container Handling Equipment Manufacturers Association published a standard entitled ‘Vehicles for the collection and transportation of wastes in bulk. General requirements and safety requirements. Skip loaders’. CHEM’s David Buxton gives the lowdown.
PAGE 8: HSE guidance on skip and container safety There are no national standards for skips and containers. However, a number of commonly used industry standards exist. We list excerpts of the Health & Safety Executive guidance on skip and container safety in waste management and recycling.
PAGE 10: Flexible funding for growing entrepreneurs We look at the financing options available to SME and mid-tier recycling and waste firms and how with the support of these financing options, companies can improve their liquidity and position themselves for growth in the post-recessionary environment.
PAGE 12: Bird takes flight Set up in 2002, Taurus Waste Recycling Group says it plans to be one of the fastest growing waste companies in the South East. Company director, Gary Bird explains his plans for the company’s future.
PAGES 14-15: Guidance on moving hazardous waste Businesses that produce waste have a duty of care to make sure it is transported in compliance with the law. If the waste is hazardous, extra controls apply, says the Environment Agency. Skip providers need to be aware of the dangers of transporting such waste.
PAGE 16: The importance of owning a CPCS card The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is a card scheme that helps to prove workers’ operating skills as well as their health and safety awareness. We look at the scheme’s relevance in today’s challenging and fast moving world of plant operators.
PAGE 18: A personal perspective: Why small skip hire outfits don’t have it easy Richard Hunt has been in the waste and recycling industry since 1977 and has seen many changes over the last three decade that he believes are not all for the good.
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PAGE 20: Tips on acquiring a waste management business property A purchaser of a commercial property may be involved in either a freehold acquisition or a lease of land or buildings and infrastructure. Using a solicitor to assist you with a purchase or lease agreement is essential and especially one who has experience of waste management properties. Chris Lockwood gives advice on the pitfalls to avoid.
PAGE 22: Spanish eyes: A sustainable solution in Cadiz A composting plant in the Spanish city of Cadiz built in the 1970s has been turned into the largest waste transfer station in Europe. Timothy Byrne reports.
PAGE 23: Tailoring vehicles to the Swedish market In Scandinavia skips are regularly used for collecting waste. Andrew Christie discusses the variations between the UK and Swedish refuse collection industry and explains how Dennis Eagle tailors its vehicles to meet the needs of this market.
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