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Rubbish regulations

Environment agency points SMEs in the right direction

The UK's Environmental Agency today announced the launch of its website providing help and advice to SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) concerning the safe disposal of commercial waste.

Rubbish generated by SMEs accounts for around 60 percent of the UK's commercial waste and with the imminent arrival of the WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) directive they are going to have to shape up quickly, according to the UK's Environment Agency.

The so-called NetRegs clearly explain the legislation covering the safe disposal of waste and the legal requirements for small companies.

"All businesses have a duty to look after the environment," said Clive Glover, electronic regulatory information manager with the Small Businesses Service.

"But research has shown that, worryingly, small businesses are sometimes unaware of the pollution they cause. The beauty of NetRegs is that it explains often complex environmental legislation using plain language, thereby saving small businesses time and money."

As part of its research the environment agency discovered a massive 86 percent of SMEs did not think their activities were harmful to the environment, while only 18 percent of respondents could name any environmental legislation relevant to them.

A comprehensive breakdown of the WEEE directive and its implications can be found here.

The EU directive is expected to come into force later this year.


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