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Green Mark's European Social Fund Technical Assistance Newsletter - March 2013

Green Mark's European Social Fund Technical Assistance Newsletter - March 2013

28 February 2013

Major Discount for Small Businesses : Green Mark offers smaller organisations the opportunity to achieve the certification at less than 50% of the standard certification cost until the end of March 2013.

The deal will be on offer to organisations with 2 sites or less and an annual turnover under £750,000.

Achieving Green Mark can help small businesses to:

  • Demonstrate environmental responsibility
  • Identify cost saving opportunities
  • Comply with environmental legislation
  • Strengthen bids and tender opportunities
  • Gain a competitive advantage

As organisations increasingly allocate tendering scores to environmental best practices, Green Mark can demonstrate your business’ environmental credentials, boosting your chances of winning new business.

Places on the deal are limited, contact us today to avoid disappointment.

Getting to grips with the Waste Hierarchy

The Waste Hierarchy ranks the different ways in which we can dispose of our waste in order of sustainability, or relative environmental benefits.

The hierarchy gives top priority to preventing waste in the first place. When waste is created, it gives priority to preparing it for re-use, then recycling, then other recovery such as energy recovery, and last of all disposal (usually landfill).

The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 apply the requirements for the waste hierarchy. Defra has produced guidance in England on applying the hierarchy which can be found on Defra's website.

Tips for Reduction

  • Use washable cutlery and crockery, rather than buying disposable alternatives.
  • Reduce printer margins to maximise the amount of text on a page.

Tips for Reuse

  • Use scrap paper for making notes.
  • Reuse unwanted furniture around the office where possible.
  • Tips for Recycling
  • Kick the deskside bin habit. Keep general waste and recycling bins in a central location, making recycling as easy as throwing items in general waste bins.
  • Make labels for recycling bins colourful, visual and easy to understand.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Based on the waste hierarchy, the phrase ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ has become a common slogan for waste management. But what does this slogan actually mean? And what is the theory behind it?

It is a common misconception that printing reams of paper is good practice so long as it all gets recycled after. A key message that often fails to translate is that whilst recycling is better than allowing waste to end up in landfill, it is far better to produce less waste in the first instance.

To find out more visit the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) website.

MI Computsolutions Win Business using Green Mark

Having achieved Green Mark Level 1 in November, MI ComputSolutions, have already been reaping the benefits of being environmentally certified, using the certification to strengthen bids and tendering opportunities.

“The Green Mark process has proved incredibly beneficial to MI ComputSolutions. Indeed, due to our revised processes and actions, we have now significantly improved our ability to address environmental sustainability questions within tenders and PQQs. This contributed to the success of a recent tender submitted by the organisation.”

Anthony Djondo, Associate Director

Success Stories

The winter months have been a busy time, with organisations gaining Green Mark Level 1 including Ingeus, The College of Haringey, MI Computsolutions, Enfield & North London and 5E.

Legislation Update

Green Deal

January saw the launch of the Green Deal, a Government initiative to help increase the energy efficiency of homes and businesses.

With buildings in Britain among the least efficient in the world, the Green Deal gives homes and businesses a new way of paying for energy efficient improvements such as insulation and new heating systems.

Visit the Green Deal website.

Lower Tier Waste Carriers Licence

Recent changes to regulations mean that anyone who regularly transports waste they have produced themselves while going about their normal business activities will need to register as a waste carrier by Jan 2014." - The Environment Agency

To assess if this applies to you visit the Environment Agency website.

Did you know?

9 out of 10 people say they would recycle more if it were made easier.

For more information about how Green Mark can help your organisation contact or telephone 02036 971253.

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