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Making Waste Pay. Martin Stewart. Our attitude to recycling changed in the late 1990’s Only started measuring the cost of waste in 2001 - £12,893 Landfill was not expensive (certainly not its true cost) Lazy approach / busy enough thanks! Lack of education / awareness.

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Making waste pay

Making Waste Pay

Martin Stewart


Making waste pay

  • Our attitude to recycling changed in the late 1990’s

  • Only started measuring the cost of waste in 2001 - £12,893

  • Landfill was not expensive (certainly not its true cost)

  • Lazy approach / busy enough thanks!

  • Lack of education / awareness


The arch enemy not biffa the skip

The arch enemy! Not Biffa – The Skip!


Making waste pay

  • Steadily we have:

  • Reduced the amount of waste

  • Reduced the cost of waste

  • Invested in the processes

  • Got it engrained in the culture of the business


Making waste pay

  • Where to next:

  • Still have problem areas – Polystyrene, Plastic Pots.

  • Education - Greater sharing of solutions.

  • Need to keep pushing to find better ways.

  • Not easy when we are having to run a lean business.

  • We still have to find a way of dealing with on site concessions.


Making waste pay

  • Some thoughts for the policy makers:

  • Create an environment to encourage innovation.

  • Don’t legislate to drive change. Just up the costs of inaction.

  • Scrap metal dealers were not legislated into existence!

  • Put the costs of the easy options up i.e Landfill.

  • Increase the fines for fly tipping and the chances of getting caught.


Making waste pay

  • Some thoughts for the waste generators:

  • You MUST create a cost centre for waste in your accounts.

  • Tell everyone what waste costs.

  • Take steady steps to reduce it. 80/20 rule applies here.

  • Be prepared to invest.

  • Involve the marketing department, you might as well shout about it.


Making waste pay

  • So how do Stewarts feel about where we are:

  • Still got problem areas. Polystyrene & Plastic Pots.

  • In 2001 waste was costing us £12,893 p.a.

  • Last year it was making us £3,000 p.a. So it’s paying.

  • But it has cost us over £100,000 to get here.

  • We can still do so much better.

  • We need to put more pressure on those that trade on our sites.


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