Professional services


The apprenticeship levy and other issues to note this year

As well as cross-industry issues such as the apprenticeship levy, the waste management sector will be affected in 2017 by other matters, from waste crime to confusion over waste laws in the midst of Brexit, explains Chris James, chief executive officer of the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB)


Waste sector operators lead the driver for safer HGVs

Cyclist safety has made the headlines once again following a fatality involving a cyclist and heavy goods vehicle. How is the waste industry dealing with this issue and can new technology make a difference? Matt Clay investigates


Recovering your losses when advice turns bad

When you act on advice from a professional and things go wrong, you can seek redress, but time is against you. Sarah Perry explains how to recover your losses when you pay someone for investment advice that is poor or fraudulent


Eliminating explosive dangers

Kevin Spiess of BS&B Safety Systems explains why the recycling industry must protect itself from dust explosion risk, and how it can do so


What you need to know about business rates

In what has been billed as the biggest change in a generation, the process of the 2017 business rates revaluation is well under way. Richard Farr, partner at national property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, explains how the waste and recycling sector is likely to be impacted by the upcoming reforms.


Don't get caught out by your business's insurance policy

Cutting corners when it comes to your insurance policy will eventually catch up with you. With the Insurance Act 2015 now in force, Tim Rogers explains what waste and resource management companies need to look out for to stay covered


The Apprenticeship Levy: the story continues

Information about the Apprenticeship Levy is being published in a series of instalments, much like a TV box set though perhaps with a little less excitement but still plenty to exercise the brain, writes Chris James, chief executive officer at WAMITAB.


Public Contracts Regulations: everything you need to know

The result of the EU referendum has thrown into question the future of the procurement regime in the UK. However, until the UK has actually withdrawn from the EU, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 remain in force and the procurement rules are unchanged. Juli Lau explains the key aspects of these rules


Sustainability careers and salary survey 2016: the highlights

Prospects for the sustainability sector are perceived as strong, with a maturing of the industry and technical professionals dominating the jobs market. Miriam Heale at ALLEN & YORK summarises the highlights from their recent salary survey, published in partnership with Environment Analyst


Tax and the funding of WasteCos: Key points to consider

A WasteCo could be a positive solution for waste management organisations, but there are several matters to consider. Nigel Popplewell and Sam Sandilands from Burges Salmon look at tax issues surrounding the financing of insourcing, including rules regarding anti-avoidance



Safety in numbers

A skills survey has identified demand for flexible, accessible and affordable training – while the government’s apprenticeship levy is fast approaching. Chris James, chief executive officer at WAMITAB, explains the implications for the sustainability sector


Why asset finance could be right for you

The benefits of asset finance, including tax breaks and flexible payment terms, are myriad. Andy Sagar, the managing director of the construction and recycling division at Close Brothers Asset Finance, explains its potential for the waste management and recycling industry


Renegotiating and varying local authority contracts

Councils must tread very carefully when changing the terms of waste management contracts in order to avoid upset, or worse. John Houlden, partner at Burges Salmon, and Joe Papineschi, director at Eunomia Research & Consulting, explain the technical and legal issues.


Shredding with safety in mind

With so much wealth in waste, commercially driven shredding is commonplace. This largely supports the nation’s resource agenda, but to what extent do bottom-line and environmental motivators overshadow considerations for safety? Chris Oldfield, managing director of UNTHA UK, considers three safety themes set to loom large in 2016


Ear to the ground

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common industrial hazards globally – a million people are exposed to potentially harmful noise at work in the UK alone. And the problem is prevalent in the recycling and waste management industry, writes Lee Nicholson, MD at noise control specialist Wakefield Acoustics


Insure, and risk assess, for environmental protection

While insurance offers a great degree of protection from the financial impact of an environmental incident, carrying out a risk assessment is also vital if companies want to protect both their balance sheet and public reputation. Dr Cliff Warman explains


Subsidies: all you need to know

It’s all change in the world of subsidies. Nick Churchward and Dan Ballard of law firm Burges Salmon’s energy team provide a recap of the UK’s renewable energy subsidy regimes and summarise how the recent changes will impact various technologies


How to avoid prosecution when making redundancies

City Link directors find themselves facing criminal prosecution following their alleged failure to notify the secretary of state of proposed redundancies. Peter Byrne at HR Legal Service looks at companies’ obligations and how they can avoid being hauled into court


How alternative dispute resolution can help you

Most businesses will actively avoid disputes – however, when a dispute cannot be avoided, a company should carefully consider taking advantage of alternative methods of dispute resolution as opposed to court proceedings, says Natalie Scott, associate solicitor at Slater Heelis


Overcoming cash flow issues

For waste and recycling businesses looking to gain the necessary finance to fuel expansion or invest in the latest equipment, funding from more traditional routes has been scant in recent years. Mike Nolan, MD at asset finance specialist Academy Leasing, outlines four alternative avenues to the banks.


Why holiday pay is so important for the recycling and waste management sector

Calculating holiday pay seems an unlikely topic for board-level discussion. However, this seemingly innocuous pay-roll task has, in recent times, been high on the list of business critical issues. This is due to a series of court decisions which, for some businesses, has resulted in potential liabilities running into millions of pounds. With its high numbers of workers, myriad shift allowances and overtime arrangements, holiday pay is of particular relevance to the recycling and waste management sector. Akshay Choudhry, an associate at law firm Burges Salmon, explains why.



Reducing industrial accidents in waste processing

Operators of balers, conveyors and other waste processing plant and equipment often haven't been trained properly and this sometimes results in inefficiencies, reduced throughput and increased plant breakdown. More worryingly is potential health and safety breeches that might result in accidents if proper procedures are ignored. Mark Smith, technical director at Middleton Engineering, which has been working in this sector for the past 30 years, believes better planning; training and maintenance may hold the answers.