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Spectrum becomes the first Scottish cleaning company to gain certification for sustainable management

Posted on December 10th, 2015 in Awards, Events, Zero Waste Scotland
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We are passionate about Events and going the extra mile is par for the course for us, so we’re delighted to share the news that we have achieved international ISO 20121 status.

Far more than a collection of letters and numbers this is recognition of the standard that our Event Sustainability management system is deemed to have reached. The certification board considers an organisation’s commitment to sustainability; we must demonstrate our apply that commitment environmentally, financially, economically and socially. Excitingly, we’re the first cleaning company in Scotland to have this ISO Accreditation.

We’re always eager to improve our Event knowledge and expertise so, led by Rebecca Speirs, Events Manager, and Mary Moody, Quality/Health & Safety Manager we chose to aim for ISO 20121 Certification, the highest possible accreditation in the sector.

To get certification we had to show that our management system met all of the elements of the standard. While we’re pleased that we didn’t have to change many of our business practises this was an opportunity to reflect on just how sustainable we are, and plan ahead.

Reflecting on Event Case Studies to show where we met the ISO 20121 standards provided the opportunity to see where there was room to improve and it has enabled us to set targets for the 2016 events we already have on the books.

We are delighted with this achievement, it endorses our ability to advise our clients on sustainability issues and help them to deliver the most environmentally friendly events possible.
Looking forward, we will continue to develop our committed to sustainability, and our goal to remain the first choice supplier for cleaning and waste management at Events throughout the UK.

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Spectrum Helping You Avoid Those D’oh Situations

Posted on February 14th, 2014 in General, Recycling, Zero Waste Scotland
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We’re midway through February, 44 days through the new year to be precise, but what’s more important is that we’re 44 days into the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

Regular readers of our blog will be aware that as of the 1st of January 2014 new regulations on how businesses dispose of waste was introduced.

As we’ve intimated on countless occasions, these new regulations WILL benefit your business in the long run, helping it become more profitable and also helping to gain a competitive advantage.

The flip side is that for those who don’t adhere to these regulations there’s the very real possibility of severe fines.

So what do these new regulations entail then?

When in the workplace, all rubbish must be separated to ensure the optimum amount of recycling can be achieved. To help achieve this your business must present metal, plastic, glass, paper, and card separately.

And for those of you running food businesses with over 50 kg of waste per week must present it for separate collection. In addition, since the turn of the year it’s been illegal to dispose of food into the public sewer. However businesses located in rural areas are exempt from the requirement for food regulations.

Food waste is actually a topic which was widely covered in the news this week. A well-known pizza restaurant was at the centre of what was a rather amusing news story albeit a potentially costly one.

Staff at this restaurant, allegedly disposed of a large quantity of raw pizza dough in their food recycling bin which in turn made a mess of not only the bin but the street too.

First-off it’s great to see businesses disposing of their food waste separately from their other waste, however it’s important that when we dispose of our waste (and not just food waste) that we do so in a safe manner.

Yes this looks pretty funny but it could have caused injury to a pedestrian.

In the run-up to the new Waste (Scotland) regulations we offered a free consultation where we explained the new regulations at length as well as ways of adhering to them safely and efficiently in the hope that instances such as this one in Edinburgh don’t happen.

We work closely with all our clients to ensure their waste is disposed of hygienically, safely, and legally to safeguard their business and help them become more profitable.

To learn how Spectrum Service Solutions can help and advise your business on waste disposal and increase its profits please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

You can contact us through our website, via email, or by calling us on: 0141 887 5000. In addition you can direct any enquiries you may have to us via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

Image courtesy of @ailsabm (Twitter).

Not Such A Rubbish Secret

Posted on January 28th, 2014 in Recycling, Zero Waste Scotland
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We’re now nearly a month into the new year which means we’re nearly a month into the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

For some reason the new regulations haven’t seemed to gain much in the way of press, not even during the countdown to January 1st. It’s all been a bit of a secret.

Although all our clients were informed of the changes to legislation well in advance, due to the lack of media coverage there may be many businesses who’ve slipped through the net.

For those who are unfamiliar with Zero Waste Scotland, it is an organisation which helps individuals, businesses, and communities to reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainably.

The thought of having to separate waste just for recycling may seem like a hardship and a waste of time for some people, but they’d be wrong.

On the whole, many of us are already recycling domestically, separating our plastic from aluminium, and our glass from food, it’s an initiative many local authorities have been running for some time now.

All we need to do is translate this mindset to our working environment, and if we don’t there are penalties that’ve been put in place.

A failure to comply with these regulations will lead to the very real possibility of a fine.

But this needn’t be a situation where those responsible toe the line just to avoid being fined, this is something business leaders should want to do.

Yes, in the short-term there could be added costs and slight inconveniences as we all get to grips with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations, but long-term there are actually benefits to be had from them. With help from Zero Waste Scotland not only could you gain a competitive advantage, but you could also benefit financially, a point we’ve touched on in a previous blog post.

So why aren’t we hearing about the new regulations in the media?

We believe more needs to be done to inform and educate businesses in Scotland on ways in which they can not only help our environment, but increase profits while doing it.

To learn more about Zero Waste Scotland and how it affects you, you can visit our website, send us an email, or call us on: 0141 887 5000.

You can also contact us and keep up-to-date with what we’re doing through our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.