Portable battery definition amended

Portable battery definitionAmendments to the Government Guidance on the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 see a change to the portable battery definition.

Back in January, Defra published long-awaited proposals regarding changes to the definition of a portable battery.

The consultation was launched as a result of discrepancies regarding the portable battery definition.

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Waste regulations: prosecution for non-compliance

waste regulationsAn online trading company, Babz Media Limited, has been fined £45,000 for non-compliance with the Packaging, Batteries and WEEE Regulations.

On the 6 August 2015, the company pleaded guilty to failing to register with the Environment Agency and a producer compliance scheme to ensure compliance with all three waste regulations. The details of the court case have been released by the Environment Agency.

Babz Media also pleaded guilty to avoiding the cost of financing the collection and recycling of packaging, electrical equipment and batteries between 2011 and 2014.

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Comply Direct raise £1500 for local charity SELFA

Comply Direct Comply Direct are delighted to announce that we have raised £1500 for local children’s charity SELFA.

The Comply Direct team washed cars and sold both home-made cakes and cakes kindly donated by Keelham Farm shop on Thursday 6 August 2015 at the Broughton Hall Estate, where Comply Direct are based.

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ESOS compliance deadline: are businesses prepared?

ESOS compliance deadlineFindings released from research by DECC and ‘IFF Research’ have helped to reduce the concern surrounding the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) which was provoked by findings released earlier this year that suggested that many businesses weren’t on track to comply with ESOS by the 5 December deadline.

In November last year, concerning findings were released which stated that only 56% of businesses had heard of ESOS.

More positive findings were then released by Edie in April this year which stated that 82% of those interviewed for their third annual Edie Energy Management report had a high awareness of ESOS, but alarmingly, 39% of those affected hadn’t acted to comply with the regulations.

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Official Q2 recycling data released by EA

official q2 recycling dataThe official Q2 recycling data has been released (12 August) by the Environment Agency.

In terms of changes in data since the initial release there hasn’t been a significant impact on the percentages but actual tonnages recycled have changed slightly. The table below shows the official tonnages for 2015 so far.

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Packaging Compliance with Comply Direct

packaging compliance with comply directNext Thursday, (20 August), at 10am, Comply Direct will be hosting another Packaging Compliance with Comply Direct webinar for Packaging Producers looking to make the switch from their current compliance scheme for 2016.

As the resignation deadlines for Packaging Compliance Schemes approach, it is important that Packaging Producers ensure that they are getting the best value for money from their current compliance scheme.

Packaging Compliance with Comply Direct

Our webinar will provide an Introduction to Comply Direct as a company and an overview of our Packging Compliance Scheme. We will also introduce you to some of our current members, outline how we can help you going forward and detail our exciting 2016 celebratory offer and the benefits for you!

To register for the webinar, click here.

The webinar will last for around 40 minutes. Don’t miss it, it’s going to be a gooden!

If you can’t attend the Packaging Compliance with Comply Direct webinar but would like to discuss Comply Direct’s 2016 celebratory offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sarah Foster on sarah@complydirect.com.

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International Environmental Compliance

International environmental complianceComply Direct are an expert, independent and approved producer compliance scheme that provide cost effective, innovative and integrated environmental solutions designed to support businesses with environmental legislation.

As well as supporting businesses with their obligations under environmental legislation in the UK, we also have a dedicated and expert team ready to support any organisation that may need to comply with environmental legislation overseas.

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Revised duty of care guidance consultation

revised duty of care guidanceA consultation has been launched in England and Wales regarding a revised code of practice which sets out how anyone managing controlled waste has a ‘Duty of Care’ to deal with it.

The Duty of Care guidance provides information on what those who import, produce, carry, keep, treat or dispose of controlled waste have to do to fulfil their legal duty of care obligations.

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WEEE take-back scheme introduced by Argos

weee take-back schemeRetail giant Argos have launched a new WEEE take-back scheme for unwanted electrical goods which will be available at each of its 788 UK stores.

The introduction of the new WEEE take-back scheme means that shoppers can now trade in unwanted items intantly by visting any Argos store in the UK.

Initially, Argos will only accept mobile phones and tablets but may extend their service to include goods such as cameras, sat-navs or laptops.

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Comply Direct Support Local Charity Selfa

Comply DirectComply Direct, the Skipton-based environmental specialists, will be washing cars and baking cakes for charity on Thursday 6 August 2015 and are delighted to be donating all funds raised to local children’s charity SELFA.

SELFA is a children’s charity who last year supported and provided activities for 350 disabled, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in the Skipton and Craven area.

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