The Environment Agency-led project has appointed 12 specialist advisors to work with 120 businesses under the hazardous waste reduction plans it is set to implement.
Its aim is to demonstrate the benefits of setting hazardous waste reduction targets and developing waste reduction plans. In partnership with those industry sectors most in need, it will also help businesses to deal proactively with regulatory requirements.
Drawn up in partnership with industry experts, each plan sets practical measures that businesses can take, building on best practice currently being employed within the six sectors.
HAZRED project manager Gill Ross-Jones said: The introduction of the Hazardous Waste Regulations last year resulted in many small businesses being challenged with tackling the complexities of hazardous waste for the first time.
But businesses can still access free, confidential help to tackle the demands of this legislation by joining HAZRED as well as saving money through the establishment of a strong and systematic programme of waste management.
The six sectors that the project covers are treatment and/or coating of metals, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, speciality organic chemicals, general construction/building, photographic processing and manufacture of machinery and equipment.
Each advisor will be deployed in a series of on-site visits, assisting with monitoring and evaluating hazardous waste outputs and cost savings achieved.
Businesses can still sign up to the initiative and information is available at www.hazred.org.uk.