At Acumen, we pride ourselves at keeping up-to-date with the latest industry developments and trends. Over the years there have been several key events that have shaped current waste management legislation and practice, particularly with regards to recycling. These include:

Waste Electronic and Electric Equipment Regulations (2002)

In 2002 a European Union (EU) directive enforced rules regarding the disposal of Waste Electronic and Electric Equipment (WEEE). In 2006 these European regulations became incorporated into UK law, and were updated in 2013, following the 2012 EU revisions. This has resulted in a greater number of products being recycled.

Packaging Waste Regulations (2007)

The Producer Responsibility Obligation Regulations were introduced in 2007 to regulate packaging waste. They require any company registering a turnover in excess of £2million a year and handling over 50 tonnes of package to have procedures and targets in place to recover and recycle such material.

7th EU Environment Action Programme (2013)

The focus of the 2013 Action Programme was ‘living well, within the limits of our planet’. The key vision which emerged from the conference was that by 2050 people would be living well whereby prosperity and a healthy environment comes from ‘an innovative, circular economy where nothing is wasted and where natural resources are managed sustainably’. Whilst working with Acumen, you can be assured that we reuse and recycle when possible to support a circular economy.

Separate Waste Collection (2015)

Closely following this 2050 vision was the 2015 regulation requirement to collect waste items separately where possible. These is seen by some as a precursor to zero waste policies which may follow.

Acumen has been established for more than 20 years and are an industry leader in Waste Management Solutions and Industrial Site Services. During the last two decades, we have built up an excellent reputation for delivering technically robust results at a competitive price. To find out more about our services, please get in touch by calling 01977 529586.