Methods of Waste Management
Purpose & Scope:
Method of Waste Management – This procedure details the system to be followed in order to ensure that all industrial wastes generated by the Auto Industry Ltd. Are managed and disposed of in an environmentally safe and correct manner in accordance with statutory and company requirements. Another achievement in current Accord is establishing OHS committees in factories and Accord is conducting OHS training programs in these factories to secure functionality of committee which plays a key role during remediation plan process and keeping fire and building safety standards in factories. So far 160 factories approved for H&M have joined Wastage OHS committee training program.
Method of Waste Management Responsibilities:
We have observed good improvement in Bangladesh RMG industry through Accord initiative. Though good improvements have been made, there are still some issues to be remediated. It is the responsibility of the EMS Team to ensure compliance with this procedure.
Auto Industry Ltd. Environmental Manager Representative has the day-to-day management responsibility for the administration of waste management and disposal. This includes general commercial/industrial waste and special waste.
Canteen wastes if any are classified as household waste and are collected by the local authority with no administrative requirements.
It is the responsibility of the EMR to ensure that all personnel in their areas of responsibility are aware of the waste disposal provisions and familiar with this procedure and regulations.
All personnel are responsible for ensuring wastes are stored correctly, in the designated area/corner or drums.
It requires specialist knowledge, availability of international safety equipment and the necessary technical know-how. Due to this reason H&M has decided to continue with Accord to secure completion of 100% of remediation plans; at the same time, we also we would like to ensure that a competent national regulatory body takes over the responsibility of implementing fire and building safety standards in Bangladesh RMG industry.
Waste is defined in s75 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as:
any substance which constitutes a scrap material or an effluent or other unwanted surplus substance arising from the application of any process
any substance or article which requires to be disposed of as being broken, worn out, contaminated or otherwise spoiled (except explosives)
anything which is discarded or otherwise dealt with as if it were waste
The 1994 Waste Management Licensing Regulation 1994 also introduced the term” Directive” waste i.e. waste as defined by EC Directive 91/156/EEC on Waste. This term has now replaced the UK term of “Controlled” waste. However, the broad categories of waste still stand:
Household waste: waste from a domestic property, caravan, residential home, educational establishment, hospital or nursing home.
Industrial waste: waste from a factory etc.., and includes construction and demolition wastes.
Commercial: waste from premises used for a trade or business or of the purposes of sport, recreation or entertainment.
Special: comprising wastes which may be dangerous to life or health as fully defined by the control of Pollution (Special Waste) Regulations 1980 (Note: these regulations are anticipated to be replaced during 1996 with new definitions in line with European requirements).
Identification and Labeling.
As a waste producer, Auto Industry Ltd. responsibilities do not cease once a waste contractor has removed waste. Under the Duty of Care established by the 1997 Environmental Protection Act, Auto Industry Ltd. has a statutory responsibility to ensure contractors are competent, that waste is disposed of properly and that adequate records are kept.All wastes must be identified and classified correctly, in accordance with the definitions provided above. Where further clarification is needed, consult legislative sources and request guidance from environmental protection Act. Never dispose of waste if not clear of the classification.
All waste storage areas on site must be clearly designated and labeled. Where appropriate, waste storage areas should be secure, covered and contained.
All waste storage areas must be marked and in labeled on a site plan.
Gneral waste segregated area marked is available at each place. These are located to the front of the loading/unloading area in the designated and labeled area.
These places are for the disposal of general, non-hazardous wastes only and must not be used for:
Other special wastes
General waste skips will be removed for disposal when necessary. The EMS Team is responsible for initiating and coordinating collection and replacement of skips.
The hazardous waste storage compound is located to the site and must be used to store all wastes which are classified as special or are otherwise not suitable for disposal in the general waste skip, e.g. liquids, difficult wastes.
Hazardous wastes which should be stored in the compound include, but are not limited to:
Drum storage of Solid waste such as drawing sludge
Miscellaneous oils from maintenance and vehicle activities.
Special wastes must be identified and stored separately from other wastes within the hazardous waste compound. EMR will be responsible for ensuring the correct
Classification and management of special wastes generated in their operating area. The HSE Manager, as necessary will provide expertise support.
Inspection of waste storage Areas
The EMR must conduct weekly inspections of the waste storage areas and of the site in general, to identify any wastes stored properly in accordance with regulatory requirements and this procedure.
Management of Waste Contractors
All registration and licensing documentation must obtain from waste contractors and maintained indefinitely by contracting, prior to establishing a contracting agreement.
Treatment and disposal facilities owned or used waste contractors’ must be inspected within a six months of having first use the facility. Thereafter, inspections must be conducted annually. The EMR is responsible for conducting these inspections, with assistance from corporate, provide as necessary.
Where a facility fails an inspection, the EMR shall request corrective action from the facility. If corrective action is not completed to be satisfaction of the EMR or if it is felt that the facility represents a significant liability to Better Packaging. The EMS Team shall ensure that the facility and/or waste company is “black-listed”
Waste Targets and Minimization Opportunities
All Transfer and Consignment Notes data on type of waste, volumes, disposal routes and costs must be entered onto a spreadsheet database for tracking waste generation this database will be managed by the EMR, with assistance provided by the Accounts department.
The EMR will use the information in the database to identify performance targets, including opportunities to reduce waste generation.
The EMR will report annually to the Production Manager on waste management performance, in terms of:
Sources of waste
Types of wastes
Monthly volumes of waste, according to source/type/disposal route
Achievement of performance targets.
Awareness and Training:
Comprehensive in-house training must be provided to Managers, assistants and supervisors by the EMR and refresher courses given annually.
General awareness training must be provided to all appropriate staff by EMR.
Each dept. Manager is responsible for maintaining training records and coordinating future needs with the EMR (e.g. refresher training, new staff induction).
Changes in legislative requirements must be communicated to staff as soon as practicable.
Method of Waste Management Documentation
Disposal of the solid waste are documented and record maintained in the solid waste register.
All waste records are maintained properly and retained for the statutory length of time by the EMR.
Weekly inspection must be recorded in written form identifying date and all non-compliance noted (if any). Corrective action is identified in this report, together with costs, responsibilities and dates of completion. Conformance action are documented and kept with the original non-completion reports for Method of Waste Management