Environmental Policy - General
3GS (UK) Limited, part of the Red Snapper Group (RSG) is committed to excellence in all aspects of its business. This includes environmental protection, which is considered to be an integral part of our operations. 3GS (UK) Limited regards Government legislation and the Company policy as minimum standards, which should be improved upon wherever it is reasonable to do so.
It is recognised that environmental protection is essential to the well-being of staff, the local population, the general public and the natural habitat of wildlife and will do our best to protect them.
The company accepts that it has a duty of care as producers of waste to ensure that those acting on behalf of the Company for waste disposal are competent to do so, discharge their own duties correctly and are able to prove this by means of the appropriate documentation and checks.
3GS (UK) Limited has adopted a policy to ensure that it recycles waste whenever it is reasonable to do so and are constantly striving to set the standards against which others may benchmark. The Company waste management plan will be used to achieve this. Our suppliers and customers will also be encouraged to adopt the best possible environmental practices.
In adopting this policy 3GS (UK) Limited commits to the provision of the requisite resources, priorities and training to fulfil its obligations. In commending this policy to employees, the Company seeks to encourage a full sense of shared responsibility for the protection of the environment.
3GS (UK) Limited is a specialist environmental enforcement and education business and delivers services to local authorities in the UK. It does not manufacture goods – which reduces its potential impact on the environment.
As a Company it does not:
- Discharge to water;
- Bulk store harmful substances;
- Distribute toxic or very toxic goods;
- Incinerate waste;
- Discharge manufacturing by-products to the atmosphere;
- Distribute or use GM organisms or biological processes; and
- Use anything capable of emitting radiation into the environment.
As a Company it does:
- Recycle waste wherever possible;
- Require all our paper suppliers to certify that they do not source any of their wood fibre from rain forests;
- Use external and internal electronic mail delivery and read acknowledgement to reduce paper usage;
- Comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1990;
- Encourage our suppliers to implement environmentally sound policies and shall give preference to those suppliers so doing;
- Supply full and thorough information on our environmental policy to any interested parties;
- Integrate environmental concerns in our day-to-day decision-making;
- Actively seek to make improvements in our environmental control; and
- Actively pursue waste reduction.
At the company location provision is made for the following:
- Consign waste office paper for recycling;
- Consign excess/damaged furniture for recycling/repair/re-use; and
- Recycle toner cartridges.
“It is the goal of 3GS (UK) Limited to be an environmentally responsible company and to limit the impact we make on the environment in our day-to-day business and decision-making.”
3GS (UK) Limited - Waste Strategy
The Company aims to follow the governments "Making Waste Work" policy framework for waste management. As part of this aim the Company endeavours to:
- Reduce the amount of waste it produces;
- Make the best use of waste that is produced;
- Choose waste management practices that minimise the risks of immediate and future environmental pollution and harm to human health;
- Once a material has become waste it should not be stored for longer than is necessary. During storage it must be kept safe against;
- Corrosion or wear of waste containers;
- Accidental spillage or leakage or inadvertent leaching from waste unprotected from rainfall;
- Accident or rain breaking contained waste open and allowing it to escape;
- Waste blowing away or falling while stored or transported;
- Scavenging of waste by vandals, thieves, trespassers or animals.
Description of Waste
All waste must be accurately described should they be considered to consist of anything other than normal office / kitchen waste. The description may be part of the transfer note if simple, but can be a separate document. The description must enable the person receiving it to understand the nature of it and any hazards associated with it.
Transfer of waste
Waste is only to be transferred to an authorised person as defined by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. An authorised person can be defined as:
- A waste collection authority
- A registered carrier under the control of Pollution (Amendments) Act 1989
- A licensed Waste Manager or exempt Waste Manager
The authorised person should be able to produce a certificate of registration issued by the Environment Agency. Waste is not to be consigned unless the certificate (not a photocopy) is examined and found to be in order.
Waste contracts should include a clause which allows termination should the duty of care be breached by others in the chain.
If a breach of contract is suspected the facts must be checked and if substantiated the Environment Agency must be informed.
Responsibility for the company’s environmental performance is as follows:
- Overall responsibility – Martin Jerrold – Managing Director, Group Red Snapper Group;
- Waste collection contracts, checking carrier is equipped and suitable to collect the waste - with Health and Safety Officer;
- Policy production and monitoring - Health and Safety Officer;
- Checking that the site used for final disposal is licensed - Health and Safety Officer;
- Checking that carriers are not engaged in fly tipping - Health and Safety Officer; and
- Retention of waste transfer notes and collection notes - Health and Safety Officer.
The Health and Safety Officer will carry out the duties of environmental/energy warden. This will involve random checks on work areas to ensure that Lights/PCs etc. are not left on after staff has gone home. This will ensure that there is no electricity wastage and unnecessary environmental impact. This will also form part of Fire Marshal duties ensuring that items that could create a fire risk are not left on.
An environmental committee will meet at least 6 monthly to discuss ways to improve the environmental efficiency of the company.
The Company will work towards the level required for the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System as part of its Health and Safety audits and procedures.