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CIWM updates waste training

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has launched an updated version of its Sustainable Waste Awareness Certificate at the RWM exhibition in Birmingham.

The one-day ‘Waste Smart’ training course targets all businesses interested in improving environmental compliance, reducing waste costs, and encouraging a culture of more sustainable waste and resource management in their operations.

CIWM said that the certificate has been refreshed and expanded as policy and legislation changes have meant the cost of waste disposal and raw materials has become a bottom line priority for many businesses.

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: “Quite aside from rising waste disposal costs and raw material prices, the Waste Framework Directive now requires businesses to take account of the EU Waste Hierarchy when making decisions about the management of waste, and UK governments have commercial and industrial waste firmly in their sights.”

“With pressure growing on business and industry to find ways to reduce waste, improve resource efficiency and be proactive in developing more sustainable practices across the board, we felt the training could offer more and needed to cater for different levels of business responsibility.”

More than 12,000 certificates have been issued to organisations including the BBC, Network Rail, Associated British Ports and HMP Wormwood Scrubs since the course was first developed in 2003.

The course was developed to meet the growing need for better knowledge about sustainable waste practices and compliance with key legislation such as the Duty of Care Regulations that came into force in the early 90s.

The Waste Smart training is targeted at those who generate or handle waste and aims to ensure that they understand why and how waste should be managed sustainably and what steps they can take to improve performance.

This includes:

  • exploring the importance of sustainable waste and resource management in terms of financial, environmental and social costs to the business
  • explaining different options and best practice for managing wastes and resourses within organisations
  • understanding legal obligations and the implications of non-compliance

Extra element for those who need to implement, manage and monitor improvements in waste and resource management, include:

  • identify and measure key waste streams;
  • identify opportunities for preventing waste, increasing recycling and improving the management of unavoidable wastes; and
  • monitor and evaluate improvements.

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