Firms Obliged to Declare Waste Disposal Process in Full

Businesses must declare in their ‘waste transfer note’ (WTN) that they have taken steps to minimise waste and prepare for its safe disposal, under reforms introduced on 28 September. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has warned businesses that they must be able to demonstrate in their WTN that they have applied the Waste Management Hierarchy in full. The hierarchy is a series of waste-management options businesses must follow to demonstrate that they have taken all reasonable steps to minimise waste and prepare for its safe onward disposal. “The hierarchy gives top priority to preventing waste in the first place,” said an Environment Agency (EA) spokesman. “Businesses are obliged to gear their processes to the reuse, recycling and ... »

Online Services for Farmers are Moving

Defra’s Whole Farm Approach (WFA) portal will move today to Business Link. Users of the WFA portal will be redirected to Business Link where they can log in with their existing access codes. Farmers and their agents can access ten transactions, which cover a range of farming-specific tools and services including RPA Online to manage Single Payment Scheme claims; CTS Online to make it easy to report cattle births, deaths and movements; and Entry Level Stewardship Scheme (ELS) Online to make ELS claims. Bringing them onto the Business Link website means that farmers can now find all the information they need to run their business from one online location. The online transactions have been developed by the farming industry with Defra and its agencies. Using the online transactions should redu... »

Reduce Costs with Greener Practices

Want to improve your bottom line by greener practices? Log on to our live web chat this Thursday to get some expert advice on how to reduce workplace energy consumption Show date: Thursday 19th November Show start time: 15:30 New figures released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show huge amounts of money and valuable resources could be saved by making a few simple changes to business practice. Steps such as switching off a single computer and monitor potentially saving £35 a year can have a massive impact on the bottom line of any organisation, large or small. Simple environmental actions translate into real cost savings for businesses, and this message needs to infiltrate the workplace. It is easier than it seems to integrate energy efficient prac... »