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BSI releases new waste performance standard

New guidelines on how waste management organisations report their performance could help businesses divert up to 83% of waste from landfill, according to the British Standards Institution (BSI).

BSI has launched an update of its standard for waste resource management performance reporting, PAS 402.

The standard, initially published in 2009, sets out how organisations should report how they perform in diverting waste from landfill and recovering waste materials.

BSI warned that for an increasing number of organisations, dealing with waste management was “becoming more challenging as controls get stricter and the costs to remove waste rise”.

PAS 402 was put together by BSI and Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW). It was partly based on CEW’s Green Compass Scheme, an initiative involving the Welsh Government, councils, health authorities, developers, consultants, construction contractors and suppliers.

Initial results revealed that on average accredited organisations diverted 83% of their waste from landfill in 2009.

The revised standard also involved Natural Resource Wales, the Chartered Institution of Waste Management, UK Contractors Group, Veolia and the Welsh Government.

David Fatscher, BSI head of market development for sustainability, said: “PAS 402 can enable waste management organisations to not only see cost savings, they can achieve enhanced reputation, gain competitive advantage and more sustainable customer relationships.

“This is in addition to the benefits of a heightened level of regulatory compliance and environmental protection from exposure to hazardous substances.”

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