Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Waste Regulations

Land Fill Directive (July 1999) strategies to reduce bio degradable waste: Land Fill Tax was introduced under this act. We looked at lots of graphs showing downward trends of bio degradable waste going to land fill. BUT I presume most of the bio waste will have gone for composting, which involves rotting it down, there for still producing methane. We really need to get incineration up and running in this country, gasification or pyrolysis, are better names without the stigma attached. It seems a waste to rot down all of that potential energy. In Spain were soil is a bit scare compost is valuable, composting makes good sense there, but in the UK? I’m not sure.

Infectious H9 cat: I presume that this category is used for clinical waste. Is clinical waste classed as hazardous waste? Maybe not. INVESTIGATE. NO its is not Hazardous Waste it is . . . . Clinical Waste it has its own Category!

PCBs now banned, PCBs are part of the UK industrial heritage, and they can be disposed of via high temperature incineration.

WEEE as a directive is already having a noticeable effect in the way shops deal with people. Many shops such as comet and curries will take back you old appliance for recycling; this is due to their obligation under the WEEE act. Cynical head on: For big firms they may have their own concentration centers which are used to collect of fridge’s, TVs etc, maybe they are sold for their raw materials, to places like China and India. So are they doing it because they are obliged to or because they make money from it?

Pre treatment of landfill waste, separation. It was interesting to see that even separation of waste counts as treatment, there was a list of three criteria that had to be fulfilled, one of them was “change the properties of the waste” or similar, I thought this was a wooly term, and needed clarification.

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