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Bid to help construction firms comply with waste regs

SME construction firms are being invited to a series of free awareness days around the proper disposal of waste and compliance with waste regulations.

They are being hosted by the Enviornmental Services Association’s (ESA) ’Right Waste Right Place’ campaign. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is helping to deliver events as part of the campaign.

By joining forces with the FSB, the campaign hopes to help more construction SMEs comply with waste regulations.

The campaign’s research shows that, while most construction firms want to dispose of their waste correctly, nearly half could be breaching waste rules.

Non-compliance could see businesses lose money, leave themselves open to enforcement action and risk waste falling into the hands of criminal gangs, potentially leading to fly-tipping and illegal disposal.

Campaign manager Sam Corp said: “Owners of SME construction businesses are expected to be an expert in everything – and waste law is no exception. Joining forces with the FSB will help us to reach a vast network of smaller businesses, and provide a helping hand to all those diligent company owners or sole traders who do not want to leave themselves open to risk.

“Crucially, these events and the ’Right Waste Right Place’ campaign do this in a simple and accessible way. We hope businesses find our resources useful when they are making everyday decisions about their waste.”

FSB environment policy chair Allen Creedy said: “Our members want to run their businesses in ways which minimises the waste they produce, uses resources from sustainable sources and supports the circular economy. These seminars will be a great opportunity for our members to conserve natural resources, save costs and understand their legal obligations and best practice.”

’Right Waste Right Place’ is delivered through an interactive website which is run by the ESA. It is also supported by the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

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