Steve Lee writes: there are compelling business benefits for the FM sector in engaging with the waste and resource efficiency agenda.
Now more than ever before, waste is an important bottomline issue for UK plc. At one end of the supply chain, the price of raw materials, components and products is rising. At the other, Landfill Tax will reach £80/tonne by 2014/15, the general cost of waste collection services and transport is on the up and more landfill bans are looming for certain wastes. Indeed earlier this year, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted overwhelmingly in favour of new waste proposals including the phasing out of landfill altogether.
Recycling in the work place isn’t only about putting paper in the correct recycling bin or re-using an envelope. It’s a whole new approach that a business needs to take in order to remain competitive and for some it can turn an overhead into a revenue stream. Alison Evans, Key Account Manager, Cory Environmental Recycling Services looks at the factors involved.
The provision of pest management services to a professional standard is an area often overlooked. Yet the economic consequences of inadequate pest control could be catastrophic. Kevin Higgins from the British Pest Control Association explains the risks, and how to draw up a pest management specification to minimise them.
Over the last few years the role of the facilities manager has grown and evolved as the practice has increased in importance to business – and sustainability has been a big part of that, writes Amy Seabrook.
Facilities managers are increasingly fundamental in delivering efficiency and sustainability in commercial properties, schools, hospitals and the workplace. Specifically, FMs have a key part to play in delivering the sustainability ambitions and green credentials of a business.
Verb – 1. use carelessly, extravagantly or to no purpose; 2. fail to make full or good use of; 3. be unappreciated by
Adjective – eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required
Noun – 1. an act or instance of wasting; 2. unusable or unwanted material
The definitions of waste are many but the common thread running through all the possible meanings of the word is that it is inefficient to waste. Whether you are an environmental evangelist or a professional striving to do their best for both your Company and the environment, it is beyond question that the generation of waste at current levels is both unsustainable and extraordinarily costly. The buck for dealing with waste tends to stop with you, the Facilities Managers and for you it can be a pretty thankless task. Waste as a by-product of a process of production may be largely unavoidable but in this day and age it is still a matter that has to be addressed and for those amongst you that work in an environment that creates a myriad of different waste products, the constant battle to dispose of waste in a speedy, efficient and environmentally sound fashion must be never ending.
Research shows that when it comes to recycling waste lamps, Facilities Managers and FM companies are making good progress, but still missing out on cost effective options available to them. Here, Recolight Chief Executive, Nigel Harvey, explains where the industry stands today.
Chris Hodgson of Envirowise discusses FM's crucial role in delivering environmental improvements to companies, as resource efficiency becomes a higher priority in the business community.
Ankit Kapasi, Deputy Head of Operations at the Centre for Environment and Safety Management for Business (CESMB), Middlesex University presents the case for making cost savings by better environmental management of buildings.
Weeeco guides facilities managers through the minefield of hazardous waste regulations, the compliance options for businesses following the WEEE Regulations of July 2007 and how future costs to the economy can be reduced by planning ahead now.
Sam Wareing of Accelerated Compost considers the potential environmental and financial benefits of recycling the one waste material that many of us are either overlooking or are unaware of the processing options available - organic waste.
Increasingly, private and public sector organisations are seeing the commercial and social benefits of reducing the environmental impact of new build and refurbishment projects. Mike Watson looks at how facilities managers can make a difference throughout the construction process by looking more closely at materials resource efficiency.
It's what every organisation is talking about and looking to achieve in the current climate. But what is a carbon footprint? And how can it be reduced? Hugh Jones explains.
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