Parliament had to rethink and develop a policy of duty of care with in the scrap metal industry for numerous concerns that troubled the UK and the World as a whole. We have pledged by obtaining these permits that we will do everything we can to minimise the risks to the environment and reduce the effects our business has on the surrounding area.
Local level issues:
Metal theft –
To prevent this soaring crime measures have been bought in to reduce the likely hood of anyone making a gain from illegally trading in stolen metal. All processing plants have to be granted a permit to accept the waste and ensure certain procedures are in place to confidently identify who had taken what waste into where. A complex task and this means at local level we have to ensure we can identify the seller and that paperwork to prove the ownership or transfer of waste can be proven. For example a log book must be supplied with each car so it can be added to the DVLA database and a certificate of destruction issued as confirmation for the customer.
Transport and road links for the region -
We have to ensure that waste being transported in our region does not have an adverse effect on the local area. The site should be situated where access for recovery vehicles does not case a problem to the local roads infrastructure. Ensuring we operate the fleet efficiently with minimal mileage by co-coordinating all logistic movements.
We also have to be licensed to carry waste on the highways from collection to recycle point or to a transfer station. We have to ensure that the vehicles are depolluted of fluids such as fuel and oil to minimise risk of spillages of dangerous toxins onto the roads and or water system.
We should not cause an eye sore to residents of the area and for health and safety reasons follow the waste management processes strictly as set out by our required waste management ATF site permit.
Education , training and technology advances have pin pointed key areas for improvement. One of the conditions of the permit is that someone employed by the company must hold a WAMITAB waste management qualification to show competence. We are duty bound to compile tonnage reports of each type of metal and cores we recycle and where it came from and went to. This is to determine national figures for the industry, but also in a bid to reduce the industry effects on the environment. Alongside the permit fee annual rainfall run off water measured in millimetres is used to calculate how much run off contamination is produced from our site. This with tonnage and ground coverage generate a bill to us salvage yards for the damage we do to the planet – ironically we are the ones reducing the automotive carbon footprint. It pays us to have a clean and tidy site. Strict guidelines for storage of parts , fluids, certificates of destruction and our duty of care mean fines, revocation of the license or even prison should we fail to comply.
We must reduce the effect of modern society and motoring has on the planet. By following the new regulations and guidelines the carbon footprint is massively reduced and although this can be costly the benefits are priceless.