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Environment Agency leads project to reduce hazardous waste from photographic industry

Environment Agency leads project to reduce hazardous waste from photographic industry - The project aims to help small businesses save money by reducing their output of hazardous waste. A workshop, taking place at Focus on Imaging at the NEC on 1st March, will explain more about the project and how businesses can get involved.

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Small businesses in the photographic processing sector are being invited to take part in a new EU-funded project, established to help companies reduce the amount of hazardous waste they produce - and save money.

The three-year HAZRED project aims to demonstrate the benefits of setting waste reduction targets and developing waste reduction plans in partnership with industry sectors that have a large proportion of small businesses. The photographic processing industry, which generates around 52,400 t/a of hazardous waste, is one of six priority sectors selected for the HAZRED project. HAZRED is looking to work with 20 small businesses in the sector to monitor and evaluate reduction in hazardous waste produced and cost savings achieved.

Participating businesses will receive access to the hazardous waste reduction plan, developed by a team of experts including regulators and industry trade associations, which includes reduction targets. They will also benefit from on-site support with a specialist adviser, including help with implementation, monitoring and evaluating waste outputs and cost savings. Ongoing support and advice will also be available from the HAZRED team through the website and a dedicated email address.

John Williams of the Professional Photographic Laboratories Association (PPLA) said: There are a significant number of small businesses operating within our industry, including 4,000 mini-laboratories employing between two and three staff each. Many of these businesses simply do not have time and resources to dedicate to environmental issues. Since the introduction of the new Hazardous Waste Regulations (England and Wales) this year, many more businesses are having to deal with hazardous waste and the associated costs for the first time.

We are very pleased to support the HAZRED project which aims to help businesses in our sector save money by reducing their waste.

Jon Foreman from the HAZRED project said: The HAZRED project will work closely with businesses in this sector to demonstrate how a focused, industry sector approach could help to reduce hazardous waste arisings. By introducing a systematic waste prevention programme, businesses can not only ensure they comply with environmental regulations but cut costs as well.

Businesses and stakeholders in the photographic processing sector who are interested in taking part in the project are invited to attend a free workshop, which will take place on the 1st March 2006, at the Focus on Imaging 2006 event at NEC in Birmingham.

To find out more about the workshop or to register interest in attending, businesses can contact naomi.davidson@environment-agency.gov.uk. To find out more about HAZRED, businesses can visit www.hazred.org.uk, which has a section dedicated to the industry.

The HAZRED project is an EU-Life partnership project between the Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, the Welsh Assembly Government, Envirowise, the Groundwork Foundation, SafetyKleen, and the Waste Recycling Group.

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