Complying with Waste Management Regulations: A Guide

Disposing of waste can be a complicated process for businesses of all shapes and sizes. But here at PHS Wastekit, we feel passionate about helping companies lower the money spent on waste disposal costs whilst remaining compliant with legislation. In this blog post we explain the all important Waste Management Regulations 2011, and offer advice on how to comply with them in a cost effective manner.

Waste Management Regulations

As a business you are probably familiar with the saying “reduce- reuse- recycle”. But sadly this catchy phrase has now been replaced with a new one, which does not have nearly the same ring to it: “Prevention, preparation for reuse, recycling, other recovery and disposal” This new waste hierarchy may not be as memorable, but all organisations in the UK need to follow its steps to comply with the Waste Management Regulations 2011. They are:


  • Prevention: Understand the type of waste your business produces and eliminate or reduce the quantity produced.
  • Preparation for Reuse: Check, clean or repair so that products or components can be reused without any pre-processing.
  • Recycling: Turn your waste into something new using some form of treatment.
  • Other Recovery: See if there is an alternative to landfill.
  • Disposal: A last resort- landfill or incineration without recovering energy.

Failure to comply with these waste management regulations can result in a hefty fine. However, there are other reasons you should pay attention to your waste disposal, most notably landfill tax.

Landfill Tax

Businesses are taxed on the amount of waste they send to landfill to help minimise environmental damage. Whilst the cause is a great one, landfill tax has unfortunately risen over the past decade at an alarming rate. In 2007 landfill tax was just £24 per tonne, but by 2013 it reached £72 per tonne. When dealing with landfill tax, companies have two options: either accept it and prepare for the financial hit, or start taking pro-active steps to minimise the waste sent to landfill. At PHS Wastekit, we know the second option is the only valid one. Not only will reducing your landfill waste lower your financial outgoings, but it will also help your business from a Corporate Social Responsibility point of view.

How PHS Wastekit can help

At PHS Wastekit, we offer a range of waste handling equipment to help you recycle your solid waste. For example, a PHS Wastekit baler will prepare your plastic, cardboard and paper waste into secure bales ready for recycling. Recyclers will pay you for your baled waste, so you can generate revenue for something which would otherwise be a cost burden. In addition to balers, PHS Wastekit provides compactors to compact your waste using high pressure. By compacting business waste you can actually halve the number of collections that you have to pay for. Now you understand the Waste Management Regulations 2011, you can begin to take steps to review waste disposal within your organisation. For more information about how PHS Wastekit can help, get in touch.

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