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
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
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 email@example.com
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