LONDON, 08 May 2019:  The ‘Right Waste Right Place’ campaign has joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to run a series of waste awareness raising seminars aimed at construction sector SMEs. 

 Previous research undertaken by RWRP has shown that whilst the vast majority of construction sector companies clearly want to do the ‘right thing’ with the waste they produced, nearly half could be potentially breaching waste legislation. By not complying, many could not only be losing money but could also be leaving themselves open to enforcement action as well as risking waste falling into the hands of criminals, leading to environmental and health and safety risks through fly-tipping and illegal disposal.

 Sam Corp, Right Waste, Right Place commented:

“Owners of SME construction businesses are expected to be an expert in everything – and waste law is no exception. Joining forces with FSB will help us to reach a vast network of SME businesses and so provide a helping hand to all those diligent company owners or sole traders who do not want to leave themselves open to risk.

Crucially, these events and the ‘Right Waste Right Place campaign do this in a simple and accessible way and we hope businesses find our resources useful when they’re making everyday decisions about their waste.”

 Allen Creedy, Environment Policy Chair at the FSB said:

“Our members want to run their businesses in ways which; minimises the waste they produce, uses resources from sustainable sources, supports the circular economy – these seminars will be a great opportunity for our members to conserve natural resources, save costs and understand their legal obligations and best practice”

 The first free awareness raising event is on 18 June 2019 at Northumbria University and will focus on the specific requirements of waste Duty of Care for construction sector SME’s. It will provide the views of the regulator (Environment Agency), lawyers (Clyde and Co), and compliance specialists (ethical partnership, WPS and Anthesis).