21 Nov Waste compliance: it doesn’t have to be scary business
In recent years, there has been increasing pressure for businesses to take ownership of their waste disposal. Following the introduction of GDPR earlier this year, the need for secure destruction of business documents to minimise the risk of data theft and the risk of product counterfeit and ultimately stay legally compliant has become paramount. However, businesses also have to consider other compliance risk areas, including hazardous waste, which can be scary business if you’re unsure of where to start. For our blog this week, we’re discussing how to make your waste work for you as you protect your company’s reputation as well as the overall environment.
Protect your information
Businesses handle a lot of confidential information on a day-to-day basis including payroll information, client data, credit card receipts and more. Stolen documents such as this can contribute to application fraud where an account is set up through stolen documents in someone else’s name. There has been a 16% increase in this style of crime year ending September 2017, so there is clearly room for improvement in how this waste is disposed of. This is also why businesses have a legal obligation to keep information secure and dispose of this information in line with the law, especially as GDPR regulations have become more stringent with an increased risk of fines from the ICO. Penalties can reach 4% of global turnover or €20million, whichever is greater. Therefore, businesses should have a secure process in place to combat these issues, including reliable shredding services.
Re-consider your hazardous waste
Another highly regulated area in waste disposal is hazardous waste. Businesses have a duty of care obligation to ensure that any hazardous waste that is produced, stored, collected, transported, recycled or disposed of must cause no damage or harm, to individuals or the environment. This can include but isn’t limited to: acids, waste oils, unused chemicals, paints, thinners, alkaline solutions, aerosols, fluorescent tubes and batteries. Any hazardous waste of this kind must be disposed of in line with up-to-date regulation and guidance, including WM3 or other guidelines applicable to your region.
Choose your provider carefully
This may seem like an obvious solution but in order to be at ease with your waste management strategy, you should recruit a provider that you can trust. If your provider is breaching regulations, this can put your business at risk of compliance breaches and create overall damage to your reputation. It’s always worth researching your potential waste partner before entering into a professional relationship. CHC is an award-winning waste facilities management firm and has been operating within the industry for over 20 years. Building valuable relationships and trusted partnerships is at the heart of all that we do, which is what makes us the trustworthy, reliable choice.
If you have a solid strategy in place and a waste management provider that you can rely on, waste compliance doesn’t have to be scary business. By adhering to the legal guidelines and recruiting experts to help you manage your waste, you can protect your business and your profits. If you would like to speak to a member of the CHC team about your waste management requirements, get in touch today on 0800 085 7829.