As a business, you have a legal responsibility regarding the impact that your operations have on the environment; at a very basic level it is up to you to make sure that your business waste is disposed of or treated according to the law. This section of Reduce The Use will outline your responsibilities as a business and outline the benefits that going green can have on all parties.
In January 2005, the Agency stated that, if businesses exported electrical and electronic waste, they must comply with legislation or risk prosecution as it is stepping up activity to identify illegal exporters. It is assumed that, as a result of the Landfill Directive (that stopped the co-disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste), the export of hazardous waste has increased. It is illegal to send any hazardous waste, including hazardous electrical or electronic waste, to a non-OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) country for disposal or recovery.
Most small businesses rely on transport – car, van, truck or motorcycle. They all have one thing in common – they use fuel- and petrol and diesel get more expensive. In the UK, road transport is responsible for 24% of carbon dioxide emissions, 80% of carbon monoxide and 40% of nitrous oxides; these gases affect local air quality and are a major contributor to the greenhouse gases that cause Global Warming.