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Website launched to help business deal with waste

A website has been launched by the Environment Agency (EA) to encourage businesses to share their hints, tips and best practices in dealing with waste. The website, www.wastematters.org.uk, covers issues such as preventing and dealing with fly-tipping, advice on reducing waste and expert advice from regulators such as the EA on waste legislation. It is funded by the Department for Environment Food, and Rural Affairs Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programme. Programme manager Arwyn Jones said: The website was originally launched in October 2005 and has become an essential source of information for those involved in the waste industry. More than 500 registered members, including businesses who produce waste and waste regulators, have made it the success it is. So much so that we needed to redevelop the site to meet the needs of business waste producers as they began to see waste as a valuable source. New features for the website include an online forum with specific threads for different business interests and an advice centre with up-to-date information on legislation. Jones said: Members had the opportunity to suggest what they would like out of the website. They wanted more advice to address hot topics and practical issues, as well as information on using waste as a resource, helping to cut costs. With environmental crime playing a major negative impact on lawful business, the forums also assists bodies such as the EA whose duty it is to regulate waste operations and fight crime. Image: Front page of www.wastematters.org.uk

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