Which Businesses Affect The Environment Adversely?

The short answer to this question is, ALL of them, but the bad ones are really bad, while the environmentally conscious ones are just ‘not so bad’. Because the uncomfortable truth is that we all use up unreplaced resources from the planet. We all put carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse gases’ into the atmosphere and we all contribute to waste in landfills. The only question for small business owners is, ‘what are you going to do about it?’

 

What Gets Measured Gets Done.

This an old and often used adage in business circles both big and small. But it is no less true for being a cliche. Businesses that aren’t aware of their carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, are bad businesses. Bad for their customers, bad for the World and sooner or later bad for their owners too.

Keeping your place of business warm in the winter and cool in the summer pumps unacceptably large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Too many buildings do not meet the environmental standards, that we now know are the only way to meet our green responsibilities. Businesses that occupy premises because they are cheaper, are failing to measure the full impact of their actions.

Too many workplaces are built from materials that have been extracted and not replaced because the bad construction firms took the short term profit view rather than measuring the long term environmental consequences of their output.

Offices and factories are the biggest energy consuming sector of the economy. Gas, electricity and oil are irreplaceable fossil fuels and bad businesses do not measure their consumption. Nor do they make the efforts necessary to minimize waste and thereby CO2 emissions.

Businesses that are focussed on the short term, bottom line are bad businesses and it is these that are killing the planet.

 

Reuse and Recycle.

Small businesses it often seems, run on paper. Even with modern day recycling facilities and the perpetual exhortations of the green movement far too much paper ends up in landfills around the country. Bad businesses are not aware of their paper usage. Bad businesses focus on quality control rather than ‘right first time’ quality processes in EVERY aspect of their daily activities. Bad businesses adversely affect the environment more than conscientious green small businesses.

Bad businesses see waste as just defective products or unavoidable warranty claims.

Good businesses know that there are 8 different forms of waste. Good businesses engage with all of their employees to solve problems, develop innovative processes and create new products and services in green ways. All of us have an interest in protecting the planet’s scarce resources and employees are instinctively against businesses that don’t measure, don’t care about and waste stuff, like computer equipment, phones, photocopiers, furniture and their time. People want to work for good environmentally conscious businesses and they don’t want to work for bad businesses.

 

Standard Hours Businesses are Bad Businesses.

The rush hour is not only bad for the people involved in the daily commute it is really bad for the environment. All those cars, vans and lorries choking up our major city arteries twice a day, Monday to Friday, are burning unnecessary amounts of fossil fuels and pumping CO2 and other noxious particles into the air. Bad businesses are polluting businesses that never question the necessity of tying people down to work schedules that may or may not be appropriate for meeting their customer requirements.

According to newsweek magazine the biggest polluting companies are the utility companies. We cannot do without gas and especially electricity. So we are all guilty of adversely affecting the environment. And not only this. Our pension funds and mutual funds invest heavily in utilities, so that our personal pensions are built on greenhouse gases.

 

Green Management is Good Business.

Small business owners can have much more of a positive effect on our environment than can any individual. Smart business owners measure the carbon footprint of their enterprises and the all of their other environmental impacts. They work tirelessly to involve all employees in reducing, reusing and recycling any and all resources within their circle of influence. The elimination of waste in all forms is a major cost saving. Engaged employees and innovative ideas for doing things differently are major contributors to profit. Aiming to be carbon neutral and triple zero…zero waste, zero accidents and zero delay are business aims as valid and valuable as being ‘the best’, ‘the biggest’, ‘the supplier of choice’ or any other worthy business vision.

Environment Compliance (Environment Laws)

There are two organisations within the UK government that police the environment and enforce the complex modern body of law that is concerned with protecting the environment. These are the Environment Agency and local authorities.

As with all law and in particular regard to small businesses these organizations take a dual approach, with both ‘sticks’ – punishment for law breaking – and ‘carrots’ to encourage transparency and collaboration around environmental compliance. The primary aim is to prevent breaches of environmental regulations and thereby damage to local ecology.

The sticks or punishments range from suspension of your license to do business, or in extreme cases even the complete removal of your license, and or prosecution, which if successful, can result in expensive fines. Smart small business owners will cooperate with the carrots in advance of any adverse environmental impacts. The carrots are all about welcoming inspections, monitoring and heeding the advice -both formal and informal – of environment agency officials. Formal advice comes in the form of written advice notices.

Environmental Compliance is a Cost Saver

From the perspective of the small business owner taking the collaborative approach alongside the environment agency not only prevents damage to the environment but also saves the costs of prosecution. Which can be considerable enough to drive small businesses under, but be aware that even cooperation all along may not protect you from the sticks. As was seen in the landmark case of Stanford versus the Environment Agency in ‘99.

Stanford V the Environment Agency

Mr. Stamford was a scrap metal merchant who believed his business activities were in fact exempt under environmental legislation and he duly notified the Agency of this belief that he did not require a waste management license. He cooperated fully with the agency officials who inspected his premises, but was not best pleased to learn from the officials that what he was doing was in fact illegal. Mr. Stamford was advised of the actions he needed to undertake in order to be legally exempt under the environmental legislation.

Several further visits followed the issuing of this advice and Mr. Stamford felt that he acquired a kind of immunity from prosecution if he were to implement their recommendations within the deadlines given. Unfortunately for Mr. Stamford prosecution followed which is more than can be said for the necessary rectification works he committed.

The scrap dealer tried to argue in court that he had a promise of non-prosecution from a number of agency officials. But there was no actual proof of any such promises from the Agency and the courts dismissed the suggestion and upheld the prosecuting authority’s case. You see the Agency is not obliged to give a definitive yes or no to prosecution. And even if the officials had said something to that effect it was definitely conditional upon the small business owner upholding his end of the agreement’. Cooperation has to be both actions and words. When Mr. Stamford did not make the improvements to his business, but rather continued to flout the environmental regulations he was left in no doubt that sticks go hand on hand with carrots. It is also an object lesson for all small business owners when it comes to environmental compliance…

…You may be given time to bring your activities into line with advice notices, but this does not mean you are immune to penalties, and especially not so if you do not do the smart thing and comply within deadline.

The EA Order of Attack

Case law of Environment Agency action makes it clear that there is a definite 3 stage pattern of attack in protecting the environment from the actions of small businesses.

  1. First you are informed and trained in the requirements of the legislation. Once a problem has been identified, an inspection made, advice notices given the breach of the law is made obvious to you. Your business may be simple but the impact on the environment may be complex and scientifically adverse. The EA advice is therefore, of necessity very technical. Education and information are the primary weapons for this stage in guaranteeing compliance.
  2. Warnings are given. As part of an on-going (never-ending) relationship between you the business owner and the EA and or local authority. The aim is always to change business behaviour and prevent environmental damage.
  3. Prosecutions inevitably follow where the breaches are deliberate and or acute in nature.

Smart small business owners consult with the EA before launching their business. Build compliant standard operating procedures into their operations from the start. Then promote their ‘green’ credentials as part of their brand image.

The UK Law is to Small Businesses As the Sea is to Fish!

UK law as it applies to small business enterprises is like the sea, as it applies to fish of all sizes. Employment law, health and safety law, environmental law and financial law, create the culture in which bad businesses drown and good businesses adapt, thrive and grow, creating wealth for the people involved in it and the UK economy as a whole.

The question of whether the Law helps or hinders small businesses is a common one, but as far as small business owners are concerned, it is an irrelevant question. Fish do not question the sea. They adapt to it. So it has to be with small businesses. They must keep informed about and in compliance with wave after wave of amendments and judgments in case law.

Complying With the Law Costs Time and Money

Everybody knows this, right? Small business red tape is just bad business per se, right? Or at least that is the political spin coming from the very politicians who pass all the laws in the first place. What is true, is that complying with the laws around small businesses does cost time and money. Some estimates put this cost as high as 14 days in every year for every small business owner.

Since the ‘letter of the law’ overwhelmingly reflects the ‘spirit of the law’ though, this is time well spent. Because preventing accidents and fires is good business. Because not discriminating in recruitment and employment, gets you the most able employees and that’s definitely good business. Because not polluting your local environment and conserving energy is good for your reputation and your bottom line. And since ‘ownership’ is nine tenths of the law, isn’t it good to have clarity and support around things like contract small print or copyright?

Make Small Business Laws a Handrail and not Handcuffs

There is no doubt that ‘red tape’ takes up a lot of time and time is money. This is particularly true when laws are changed or new legislation is put into effect. And don’t forget the penalty fines and legal costs that can add up significantly if small business owners fail to get it right. Ignorance is no excuse, as they say.

Smart business owners do not see the laws as a cost and a restriction on their activities and wealth creation. Rather they see them as protection and a guide to best practice in all areas of their business. In short, the Law is more of a handrail than handcuffs.

First impressions of business law can be that it was drawn up by people who know little and less about running a business. But it has been tested in practice over time to keep businesses safe from the illegal practices of customers, suppliers and competitors, the government and even on occasions partners and employees. And on the other side of the coin the Law will always aim to promote the health and safety of people at work, to protect the public at large and the preserve physical environment, in the face of exploitation by businesses.

Small and Micro Business Assessment

Small businesses are those with 50 or fewer employees and they can be affected by new or changed laws out of proportion, simply because of their small size. Before 2011 there was a moratorium on new business regulation, and since that time there has been an on-going ‘small and micro business assessment’ process. If this process finds that small businesses would suffer unduly because of new rules it ensures that they are exempt from them before the law is enacted.

To a large extent, the nature of a small business determines the level of legal effects. Some businesses, of necessity, are more regulated than others. The key point, if you are in business or thinking of starting one, is to do your homework and take professional legal advice BEFORE, during and after your start-up.

Some key aspects of small business life, you must consider;

  • Licensing and registration. This is particularly relevant if you are making and or selling food and drink.
  • Health and Safety. Nothing can kill an embryonic business quicker than an accident that harms employees or customers.
  • Insurance. You must make sure your business is adequately covered in the event of something going wrong. Many types of insurance are a legal requirement.
  • The environmental impact of conducting your daily business.
  • Intellectual property. Both yours and to what extent you may impinge on the rights of others.
  • Giving your business a name is not a straightforward  thing either.
  • Employment law and in particular the things you need to be aware of around discrimination on any grounds.
  • Data protection in this Internet age can be a minefield without professional guidance.

So, there you have it. The low down on small business and the law.

 

Pollution Prevention for Health Care Professionals

Working in the healthcare industry is a big responsibility, you need to take care of sick people, and at the same time you need to make sure that you keep things running smoothly- and that the items used within your healthcare facility are not polluted, or indeed do not cause pollution.

There are many types of pollution prevention that can be put into place, both inside and outside of your work place. First of all more recently was the devastating news of the dentist that had treated over 22,000 people in his surgery, and was HIV positive and filmed performing procedures without taking precautions not to infect his patients. This is an example of how you have to make sure that hygiene methods like hand sanitation, and of course masks and gloves are used when treating patients. This is preventing patients to get polluted by your germs, and the germs that can carry from patient to patient.

First and Foremost Regular Glove Changes and Hand Sanitation Methods

Changing gloves between patients, and procedures is something that all health care professionals must do to prevent the contamination of patients. It is a great way to ensure that pollution does not occur when handling sick people. Hand washing, gels, and of course changing of bed sheets and cleaning of the clinic are all necessary things to maintain a good level of none pollution inside the practice you work.

High Temperature Wash Cycles- Correct Chemical Usage to Destroy Germs in Wash Cycles

Also it is necessary to make sure that all laundry is washed on a high heat setting in a medical grade washing machine, with the necessary detergents set inside to make sure that all germs are eliminated when the wash cycle is switched on. That way, when the laundry is put back onto beds, and the nightgowns are redistributed around to the hospital to patients, any traces of potentially threatening germs can be removed and patients do not have to worry about becoming ill as a result of improper hygiene in the establishment.

Correct Disposal of Clinical Waste /

When it comes to disposing of the items that are used inside your practise though, you need to make sure that the correct disposal of medical waste is used. There are special bins for injections, along with special ways to dispose of blood, urine and stool tests. You need to make sure that protocols are followed stringently and of course that the appropriate waste management companies are involved in making sure that all the bodily fluids are disposed of without contaminating others in the process, or of course damaging the local environment.

When Tests Are Taken Make Sure Patients Use Hygiene Methods

When asked to take a urine test, many patients think about their own hygiene, not the hygiene of others. Make sure that plastic bags are handed out with the notice ‘biohazard’ on the front, and that the patient is made aware where to hand the sample back into. Also keep out trays for those that work in the lab so that they do not ever have to directly handle or touch the sample bottles or vials. Gloves should be worn at all times, as should be masks because you never really know just how sick a patient is, or of course what their test results will be when they are ready.

Make Sure That Cleaners Follow Strict Guidelines

We seem to underestimate cleaners and the work that they do, but in fact without them, a health environment would not be possible to be ran effectively. It is important that cleaners are trained about hygiene and of course just how to keep things after they have cleaned them. They need to know that you have different mops for toilets, surfaces and rooms- and they need to be educated on the importance of glove changes, mask wearing and of course just how to handle any bins that they come into touch with. Imagine if there was a cleaner working in a hospital that cleaned the toilets with the same mop as he or she used to clean the rooms and the waiting areas and offices.. This in itself is a biohazard. Or, if they decided to mop up blood or vomit and then not sterilise the mop before embarking on the next cleaning trip, or in fact changing it for a new one.

The correct use of hygiene and pollution prevention for health care professionals is what is going to make sure that patients can get onto the road to recovery, and that doctors and nurses do not pick up the same diseases that patients want to get treated for.

Who Are The Environmental Governing Bodies?

You may be concerned about the future of the environment, and the way that our planet is changing on a day to day basis. What, with pollution levels rocketing, smog visible to all and sundry to see just about anywhere in the world, and of course the ever growing concern of global warming and climate change as a result of all the pollution that we pump into the planet. One might want to know who the environmental governing bodies are that are in charge of the UK! This article covers just who is responsible for overseeing that the environment is kept in order.

The Environment Agency is solely responsible for keeping tabs on the environment in the UK today. They closely monitor flood warnings by working with the met office and making sure that they have regular weather updates. They are responsible for the removal of hazardous toxic waste and the registration of businesses that need to remove their waste. They are also responsible for overseeing that farms are ran correctly, and that food is in kept in compliance with the strict guidelines that are put into place.

 

Who Is In Charge Of Operations At The Environmental Agency?

Sir Philip Dilley is the man in charge of the operations ran by the agency. Last year alone over 50 million was injected into the correct management of the UK and of course Wales environmental situation. Making sure that things were ran effectively.

At the moment around eleven thousand staff are employed by the environmental agency in the UK and Wales. There are eight different directorates that all have to report to the chief executive and follow their instincts rigidly to make sure that the UK and Wales are clean and safe. There are 2 lead governors. One responsible for coast and flooding affairs and one that is responsible for the environment and management of businesses and their waste management programs.

What Do the Coast and Flooding Department Take Care Of?

Things like the coastal management, foreign bodies entering the food chain, and the strict fishing regulations that we have in place to ensure that not too many fish are captured and taken out of the food change, altering the sea water environment. Also, of course making sure that everyone has the correct documentation and permission when fishing, and going about their business in UK waters. This department is also responsible for the flooding of the coast in the UK and Wales, and have to work closely with the met office.

What Are The Environment And Business Management Department Responsible For?

This department make sure that local businesses are kept informed about their waste disposal that the bills that need to be paid by business are paid, in order to dispose of waste effectively. They make sure that the organisation of disposal is made. They also take care of hospitals and the correct hygiene inside medical facilities. They closely work with waste disposal companies to ensure that local communities know exactly what they can and cannot put inside bins. You may remember the local council and the boxes that they have dropped off at your home, like the boxes to put glass inside, to put aluminium inside, to put paper inside, and to put other items inside. Well these very boxes are set up by the local councils that are managed by this department.

There is also a national services delivery unit that are responsible for all national services and of course the management of the regional staff members working there. There are a lot of departments within the agency, like the legal teams, the licencing teams and of course the operating and regulatory authorities too.

The agency and workers take huge responsibility for fishing, farming, flooding and of course hospital and other medical organisations. They make sure that the water quality that reaches our taps is kept clean and above board and that the quality of air is kept to reasonable levels. This is of course not possible without local councils getting involved and the close work of other agencies like the flooding and farming groups in the UK.

So, there you have it, a little insight into the governing bodies that are controlling the environment of the UK and Wales as we know it. Without the careful and stringent work that the staff inside them do, each day we would not be able to have a clean country and one that is kept with some form of regulation and cleanliness.

New Rules and Law Implementation In The UK

Several new rules and laws have been implemented into the United Kingdom over the past several months, primarily in the area of immigration. These were needed so as to place new restrictions on the visa route for entrepreneurs in response to scams from individuals and organised criminal groups.

Equality Authorisation 2014

On October the 13th 2014, James Brokenshire, the Minister of State for Immigration and Security, made a ministerial authorisation that will allow citizens of India and China, under the Transit Without Visa Concession (TWOV), to pass through the United Kingdom on their way to the Republic of Ireland. In order to qualify for this transit, individuals need to hold a short stay visa from Ireland and satisfy the criteria of the TWOV with no additional requirements.

The governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland are working closely on this so as to protect the security of the external border of the Common Travel Area, which is a travel zone comprised of the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. There are minimal or non-existent controls on the internal border of the Common Travel Area.

This is being done so as to prevent individuals who intend to harm those in either country from entering while also enabling free movement for those who are lawfully able to do so. This authorisation will also facilitate tourism to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland so that Indian and Chinese citizens can more easily obtain transit visas.

Immigration Act Commencement And Statement Of Changes In Immigration Rules

This is a reform also made by James Brokenshire, the Minister of State for Immigration and Security, to make it easier for foreign criminals to be deported and build upon the important reforms that have already been made in this area.

With the introduction of this reform, when a decision has been made that their deportation is for the benefit of the public, criminals will no longer have the ability to appeal this decision. They can only appeal if they face a real risk of serious irreversible harm and then will only have the right to appeal once.

This reform will also change the appeals system for students. A new system of administrative review will ensure that case work errors be correct within 28 days rather than 12 weeks, so as to attract immigrants who may benefit from the universities and businesses in the United Kingdom.

Other reforms are being made so as further enhance security and strengthen the government. These include dealing with abuse so as to increase the status of the United Kingdom as an excellent place to do business.

Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Ireland

The Home Secretary has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Ireland to strengthen the Common Travel Area.

This Memorandum of Understanding will allow Ireland and the United Kingdom to share data and exchange information which will be used for making immigration decisions and enable visitors from China and India to travel more easily between the two countries while the security and the strength of the borders is maintained.

This will be known as the British-Irish Visa Scheme. The two countries will also be working on visa policies and processes, sharing watch-list information and passenger data and facilitating greater pre-entry and entry checks. The first beneficiaries of the scheme will be visitors from China and India, who will be able to visit Ireland and the United Kingdom on a single visit visa. India and China are important markets for tourism in Ireland and the United Kingdom and the hope is that over 10,000 visitors will use the scheme.

Amendments To Fees For Immigration And Nationality Services

James Brokenshire, the Minister of State for Immigration and Security, also announced changes in some fees for immigration and nationality applications made to the Home Office. These fees are reviewed on a regular basis and are typically set at or below the cost of processing the applications for which they are made. Some of the changes are being made to support provisions in the Immigration Act of 2014 while one fee has been changed to support economic growth.

Highlighted in the document listing the fees are the transit visa for applications made outside of the United Kingdom which will be reduced from £40 to £30 and a new administrative review to be rolled out in late 2104 which will be £80. Most of the amendments will become effective in order to align with changes in processes.

As you can see, the government is forever making changes to the rules set in place. That is why it is important to always read about changes, and prevent yourself from getting on the wrong side of the law!

How Are People’s Health’s Affected By Business Pollution?

Business pollution in the UK is a growing problem. With the population rising, so are the financial demands of people. Wherever people need to make money, you can expect business pollution alongside it!

Breathing Disorders

Living in the city poses a problem to your health when you live in and around pollution created by businesses. This means factories along the river, along the ocean edge and in the middle of the city all affect the air people breathe, by introducing contaminants into the surrounding soil, air and water. The air, which people breathe on a daily basis, is sometimes so polluted there is a haze or fog often called smog. Smog is dangerous business pollution, as people with breathing disorders will suffer with long term exposure to the contaminants. Living in the city, where there is little breeze, smog, dust and other contaminants makes it difficult for people who rely on breathing apparatuses to be able function in their daily lives. Living in these conditions pose a lifelong lung damage risk. Risks of asthma development in young children are a big threat to area schools where outside play time is part of the curriculum as air pollution is high. The biggest worry is the types of cancer which may be an end result of the manufacturing plants in the cities.

Heart Attacks

With the onslaught of companies manufacturing in the city, particles are breathed in on a daily basis, this means the unfiltered air in the city, is also causing heart attacks. Bodies develop allergies, which cause congestion, the congestion puts weight on blood pressures raising them to almost uncontrollable levels, and then the heart responds with an attack. Business pollutants are able to accumulate over days, weeks, months and years, bringing with them the possibility of raised heart problems. When people are not used to the air being jammed with unfamiliar pollutants, the body rejects them on contact with the lungs. When you are unable to draw a full breath, your body reacts in the only way it knows how, by causing you to have a heart attack.

Stress Levels Rocket Beyond Belief

The stress levels caused by the ingested particles could be from drinking or eating foods grown in contaminated areas. Business pollution is a constant threat to people who live in congested areas where visibility is less than twenty five metres. Heart disease is on the rise in areas where the smog is consistently thick. When money and care are an issue for the sick, stress becomes a large factor in the mess of things. Stress from living in the city, near manufacturing plants places a huge amount of worry on parents, neighbours and people in general. Being able to call the city home, was once a dream many people had, but now with business pollution constantly in the minds of everyone, in an unfiltered air, where you are unable to move about without covering your face and avoiding breathing in the toxins, people are now stressed to the max on where to move their families to, where to find better, cleaner air to breathe, soil to plant in and water to drink.

Poor Quality Drinking Water

When the supply of fresh clean drinking water diminishes to not nearly enough to go around to the people; it’s time to panic. When businesses use the water supply for manufacturing there is sometimes no filter on the water which returns to the river. The contaminants inside the water are very harmful to the human body. Water becomes non-potable, which means you are unable to drink the water in the river. Filtering companies do a good job of filtering out most of the chemical remains in the water, but sometimes small amounts of the chemical still reside in the water causing problems when it is ingested. Chronic vomiting is one side effect of contaminated water. Chronic runs and unable to keep anything in your stomach is another effect of bad water. When there isn’t fresh water, there are not people to live in the city, thus the threat of mass deaths is possible if fresh water is not available to everyone.

Poorly Grown Food

People die daily from contaminated foods, such as fruits and vegetables grown in soil that is contaminated with business pollution. Airborne pollutants land on the ground; they are invisible to farmers who till the soil to prepare for the next season. Root vegetables are often more of a problem than fruits, but both can be contaminated based on the water used and the soil in which they are grown within. People who live in a heavily contaminated area due to businesses which use manufacturing as their main source of prosperity should be ordered to filter all air being released into the atmosphere.

So there you have it, just a few of the long term effects that business pollution causes us to have.

 

How Can Technology Help To Eliminate Pollution?

Old Technology

When technology was brought on the scene to help maintain pollution, no one thought the equipment would be also causing pollution. The devices of yesteryear are responsible for emitting heat pollution into the atmosphere, which over years has helped with putting a stamp in the atmosphere. However, technology is constantly changing and the more technology evolves, the better the minds of the people that put the devices together are.

New Technology Innovations

Born this year is fabulous technology with earth friendly brains and operations. Companies today strive to be the best in the detecting and monitoring of air qualities. This means people are putting an effort into building devices which help the environment rather than help to hurt the environment. Technology is advancing to the point where a signal from an outpost will tell a monitoring station the air quality has dropped and an alert is being issued. The signal helps people understand when it is safe for kids to be outside during school breaks, when athletes should be practicing outside, when farmers should farm and so on, and so forth down the line.

There are new technologies which are important to helping other already in place technologies to reduce pollution. Process controllers like metres and sensors make production processes more efficiently and pollute less, by providing more control. With more control there is less waste and possible defects. Wastewaters could have fewer pollutants in them if centrifuges were installed; creating and helping to reduce solids in the water will lessen water pollution. Converters on engine exhaust systems and smoke stacks could be installed with catalytic styled converters to reduce air pollution on vehicles and machines. This is a fix for pre-existing technologies where the investment at the start was overwhelming and people were unable to afford a big upgrade or big change.

Technologies Designed to Protect the Environment

Business performance comes into mind when you think of technologies which are designed to aid the environment. Recycling centres are one of the big ideas in the technology field for helping the environment. With a recycling centre, companies are able to recycle old materials to extract them for newer uses, to recycle metals, plastics, wood fibres and glass. These salvaged from the dump pile are better used in new needs. With this process, the saving of manufacturing costs is an added plus. This method is gaining interest across the globe and is starting to reduce pollution in many countries.

Chemical Changes to Protect the Environment

Biology comes into play when we think about the gene-altering of plants. If scientists are able to alter the needs of plants, which are regularly attacked by bugs and pests, the need to use sprayed chemicals to defer them is eliminated.

Chemicals are in every type of business, from food manufacturing to car manufacture. The chemicals are all across the scale with environmental impacts, some are not so serious where other are dangerous and may cause a serious health problem. Currently in the development process are P2 chemicals, these are the alternate chemicals which in the future will have less devastating impacts on the environment. With the use of current technology, these products could be on store shelves sooner rather than later.

Water Filtration Technologies in a Tea Bag          

In the future you will be able to sterilise water with a tea bag. Watch out Tetley! Water pollution is a huge factor with the environment. A company has recently created a tea bag treated with a biochemical to destroy bacteria in water, any kind of water. This tea bag will be readily available to everyone in just a few short years. Technology has made it possible for the creation of this great device for people who find themselves away from a clean water supply; they now have no need to worry. The crystals in the bag attract the bacteria, thus killing it on contact.

Artificial Trees Promote Oxygen Supply

Science and technology have joined together to bring the unimaginable oxygen back to the atmosphere. The super tree, as it is known takes in on average two hundred thousand cubic metres of polluted air a day and releases nothing but pure oxygen back into the air. The super tree is a wonderful invention, which uses a water filtration system to bring in fresh, breathable air. The cost for this invention to be placed in a city is a little over one hundred thousand sterling pounds, but the results in Lima, Peru are outstanding. Cities around the world will be implementing these trees in many locations; cities that are the most affected by air pollution should be top on their lists.

Help Available For Businesses to Reduce Pollution

In the UK alone each year we produce over 177 million tonnes of waste. If you are running a business in the UK there are strict rules and regulations that are set into place to ensure that you do not damage the environment and that you do not produce waste that is damaging to the country. Luckily there is help for business owners to achieve this goal, and the government help out a lot to make the country a cleaner, safer place.

Local Councils Play a Huge Role

First of all the local councils make sure that businesses recycle a proportion of what they use. This includes batteries, packaging, cars, trucks, and electrical items. There are a number of local tips at hand where business owners can dispose of these items safely and effectively.

The government work with the staff at waste disposal units to make sure that it is very easy for small businesses to be able to obtain vital information about how they can reduce the amount of waste that is produced during working hours. Also, that they can dispose of it easily by using appropriate recycling programs, this goal is easily reached by the local council staff that are responsible for doing so.

Carrier Bag Restrictions and Fees

A lot of regulations have been put into place whereby if you use more than one carrier bag, you will be charged for it. Staff at checkouts are asked to encourage people to purchase the recyclable bags and they are told to very carefully distribute plastic bags, encouraging people not to use more than one when they shop by adding the charge for extra ones onto the shopping bill. The standard charge for plastic bags after the first one is now a standard 5p per bag, and this money is an optional donation from businesses to put back into the local community to help to improve the environment for business owners and locals living in the area.

Helpful Information Is Made Readily Available To Business Owners

The environment agency offers a lot of information to local businesses to make sure that they understand the implications of their actions and services on the environment. This information is obtainable from citizen’s advice bureaus, it can be found online and of course at local council offices in pamphlet form.

 The UK Government Will Inject a Huge Lump Sum to Improve the Environment

At the moment the government have pledged 3.2 billion pounds to be injected to local councils in order to make sure that the environmental waste is kept to an all-time low. It is a matter of taking small baby steps that lead to larger life changes.

If business owners work side by side with the government and responsible agencies then waste pollution will be cut. It is about realising that today’s bread and butter can indeed be tomorrow’s downfall of our children and grandchildren. Today we can make a few quick pounds by selling a cheap item at a profit, but tomorrow that very item may have helped to contribute towards polluting the environment that our children play in, contaminating the air and emitting potentially harmful toxins to the environment.

I Run A Local Business- How Can I Find Out What Help Is Available?

If you are a local business owner you may very well be wondering how you can find out what help is on offer to you. It is very simple. If you do not want to call your local council or research online, get in touch with your local citizens advice bureau. There are a lot of citizens advice bureaus that have been set up to help people access important information and get help where they need it the most.

The volunteers inside will be able to find out the ins and outs of the help on offer that can help your business in terms of reducing environmental waste, and making sure that you comply with the guidelines put into place by the government. The staff will be able to make calls to the responsible agencies and clarify just where and how you can get the help on offer. It may very well be the case that you qualify for a grant from the government.

So, there you have some information on the help that is available on offer for local businesses to help reduce their environmental waste. Also of course where you can get the help that you need!