We’re really pleased to have been successfully re-audited by Alcumus Isoqar to ISO 9001 and ISO14001 in the last week. For the first time due to the current pandemic the audit was conducted virtually. Our management systems, procedures and reviews were praised as being thorough and robust. Our software systems allow for ease in identifying and collating documentation which in turn ensures that our records are kept y up to date, allowing us to be secure in the knowledge that we continue to operate within all of the legislative boundaries that our industry is guided by.
As a key industry we have continued to provide our customers with essential services since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and to an extent it has been very much business as unusual during these very unusual times. In the last week we have undertaken another set of thorough risk assessments based upon the Governments updated guidance for our industry and are confident that we have procedures and policies in place to ensure the strictest hygiene and social distancing measures are followed at all times, keeping our employees, customers and suppliers safe. We will continue to evolve our offering as guidelines change but at all times we will adhere to Government advice.
Every business that produces or transports dangerous goods must have a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor who is on hand to make sure that they remain compliant with legislation. Some companies use the services of a consultant DGSA to overview their responsibilities. At NDS we like to hold the knowledge in house, so to ensure we have wraparound cover we now have two DGSA’s, with both our General Manager Jason, and our Ops Director Emma, recently passing the three exams required to be awarded their DGSA certification in All Classes by Road.
We work closely with our customers to classify and consign the movement of hazardous wastes, offering advice where necessary if your company could benefit from our in-house expertise please don’t hessitate to get in touch email@example.com
Integrated Management System
It is the policy of Northern Disposal Services Ltd to provide transportation and disposal services which fully comply with customers’ requirements.
The policy is designed to ensure Quality Management System (QMS) meets and continues to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
The policy provides a framework for establishing and reviewing quality objectives. Objectives will be set and reviewed on a regular basis.
The Quality Manual details QMS requirements.
All employees are made aware of the Company’s quality policy, objectives and procedures. They are trained to achieve Company work standards. They are required to inform management of activities, occurrences and conditions which put at risk service quality. Employees are responsible for observing quality policy provisions and carrying out their work in accordance with procedural requirements.
The QMS will be continually improved through the use of techniques and activities, including the setting and modification of objectives, which will be reviewed at service and management review meetings.
It is my responsibility to ensure the QMS is implemented efficiently and to ensure quality objectives and policy are regularly reviewed. I will seek to maintain the effectiveness of the QMS by ensuring staff adopt sound techniques of monitoring, control, audit and review.
The quality policy is appropriate to the purpose and context of the company and supports its strategic direction, provides a framework for setting & reviewing quality objectives, provides a commitment to satisfy applicable requirements and provides a commitment to continual improvement of the quality management system.
Signed ___J G Dickinson___
Northern Disposal Services Ltd will at all times achieve the highest level of environmental control.
The company will also ensure that it adheres to the Environmental Management Systems, Process Controls, and Procedures and strive to improve them continuously.
The Company are committed to applying Good Professional Practice throughout the organisation and to fulfilling a high standard of performance and the expectations of its customers.
All staff must familiarise themselves and regularly update themselves on the requirements of environmental management and are required to take a positive attitude to minimising the company impact on the environment.
The Company is totally committed to comply with ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management Systems – Requirements, (and all associated legislation and codes of practice,) and will at all times ensure that its own systems comply with all the requirement of that standard. This policy provides the framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets.
The company is committed to continually improving the effectiveness of the environmental management systems, and to prevent pollution within the company working environment, and the protection of the wider external environment.
The environment policy is appropriate to the purpose and context of the company and supports its strategic direction, provides a framework for setting environment objectives, provides a commitment to satisfy applicable requirements and provides a commitment to continual improvement of the environment management system.
The environment policy will be made available on request to all parties interested in the performance of the company environmental management system, including the public.
Signed ____J G Dickinson____
Latest fleet addition
At NDS we ensure our fleet is continually updated. With this in mind we have just taken delivery of our latest vehicle. It a 32 tonne GVW, Volvo FMX fitted with a Multilift system supplied by LGSE UK. This vehicle has been put straight out to work, looking after our West Yorkshire based customers.
We chose this vehicle because:-
Its robust cab has unprecedented ground clearance
It has been designed specifically to make driving easier and safer
especially relevant is the reliability that the Volvo brand offers
The vehicle has full Gold standard maintenance package, reducing downtime
The Multilift system is designed to pull on containers at a lower angle making it ideal for handling sludges
The metal mud wings offer increased durability
It is Fitted with front and rear facing cameras to assist the driver, hence making driving safer
We are looking for customer focused HGV, C+E drivers, preferably you will hold an ADR in tanks and packages, although training can be given to the right candidate. We operate good quality equipment and provide full uniform and PPE alongside an attractive rate of pay with enhanced overtime pay and a company pension scheme. Based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, the role involves nights out and overtime including occasional weekends when customers require our services. We would expect all applicants to have an in-depth knowledge of the Drivers Hours Rules and the Working Time Directive as we insist on full adherence to this legislation.
Please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01924 492666 for an application form.
As a responsible waste disposal company we wanted to highlight what we believe is one of the world’s biggest waste problems.
Eight Million Tons of Plastic Dumped into Our Oceans Every Year. This is roughly equal to five plastic bags per every foot of coastline around the
Reading a statement like this seems like shock tactics, but when you look at some of the images around the globe, not only do you start to believe it but it is so
shocking that it makes you want to do something about it. But how bad is the problem really? Let’s take a look…
Source – https://zedgraffiti.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/alexander-parkes-that-plastic-thing%E2%80%A6
Source – http://fortune.com/2015/10/01/ocean-plastic-pollution/
Source – http://plasticsoupnews.blogspot.co.uk
Clearly, these 3 images are disturbing, but what’s more disturbing is the amount of plastic that is flooding into our oceans and when that plastic starts to break down, it is becoming part of the food chain. It is estimated that there are 5.2 trillion pieces of plastic rubbish floating around in our oceans. That’s equivalent to a full size bin wagon pulling up to the beach and dumping its contents every minute. Although the seas seem big enough to absorb or hide all this plastic, they aren’t and the level of waste is starting to reach a crisis point: According to a report by the Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, by 2025, the ocean could contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish.
rethinking-the-future-of-plastics. The new report calls for a focus on improving waste management systems in a handful of developing countries that are most responsible for the plastic leakage into the ocean. China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam contribute more than half of the oceans’ plastic since their waste infrastructure hasn’t kept up with rapid industrialization. Five countries could solve half the problem.
Source – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150212-ocean-debris-plastic-garbage-patches-science/
The vast majority of plastics are not effectively recycled, either. Only 5 percent is properly recycled, while 40 percent is sent to a landfill and a third ends up in the environment, including in the world’s oceans. Much of the rest is burned, which generates energy, but also causes more fossil fuels to be consumed in order to make new plastic bags, cups, tubs and consumer devices demanded by the economy. That’s the bad news. The even worse news is that the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade unless the world finds a way to improve how rubbish is collected and managed.
How Does This Affect Us?
It Affects Our Environment. At least one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die eachyear due to plastic pollution. The survival of at least 100 species, including the
Hawaiian Monk Seal and Loggerhead Turtle, could be jeopardized by plastic debris. Plastic pollution is also a carrier of invasive species, threatening native ecosystems.
It Affects The Economy Plastic pollution causes at least 13 billion U.S. dollars in damage every year to industries that include fishing, shipping and tourism. The US West Coast states
spend approximately $500 million every year to clean up their beaches. The cost of removing debris from beaches averages $1,500 per ton and can reach up to $25,000 per ton.
It Affects Our Health Ocean plastic adsorbs toxic chemicals (including PCBs and DDTs), increasing their concentration by a million. These persistent organic pollutants enter and bio-
accumulate in the food chain, resulting in an even higher concentration of pollutants in fish, including species consumed by humans. Health effects linked to these chemicals are: cancer, malformation and impaired reproduction
What Can We Do About It?
There are a number of organisations researching different technologies to help to clean up the oceans.The Ocean Clean Up (www.theoceancleanup.com) are developing the OceanCleanup Array, a floating network of barriers that can extract plastic for recycling. A single Ocean Cleanup Array is estimated to be able to clean up half the Great Pacific
Garbage Patch in 10 years’ time. Prevention is an essential part of stopping plastic pollution. By regularly informing the public about the development of our cleanup technology, The Ocean Cleanup is raising awareness of the plastic pollution problem and promoting prevention. Spin-off technologies deployed in rivers will be able to rapidly reduce the influx of new plastic in the oceans. The Ocean Cleanup plans to develop interception systems in the future.
Source – www.theoceancleanup.com
As well as the massive projects that are happening around the world, you can make a difference in your own home. Here are a few ideas… Cut disposable plastics out of your routine. Simple alternatives include bringing your own bag to the shops, choosing reusable items wherever possible, and purchasing plastic with recycled content.
Recycle. When you need to use plastic, be sure that you recycle it after you’ve reused it. Each piece of plastic recycled is one less piece of waste that could end up in our oceans.
Take Responsibility. Whether you represent yourself, a business, or a government, know how much you are contributing to the problem of plastic pollution.
Conduct a waste audit and share the information.
Set specific goals to reduce or eliminate your plastic waste generation.
Clean up your local beach. Many organizations host clean-up days where you can volunteer to pick up rubbish at your local beach. A few hours of your time can make a big difference.
Stand up for Oceans! Sign the petition below to ban toxic microbeads.
If you do have products that contain microbeads – Send them back to the manufacturer using the sample letter found on this website –
You can also support marine conservation projects or even help to study the effectswhile enjoying yourself on an eco-tourism holiday. Take a look at www.biosphere-expeditions.org to see how you can help whilst having fun on your holidays.
Need a little more inspiration? Take a look at some of these images…
Source – http://coastalcare.org/2009/11/plastic-pollution
Source – https://sustainablefred.wordpress.com/tag/plastic-pollution/
Source – https://www.thedodo.com/turtle-six-pack-unstoppable-1166240209.html
Increasingly, plastic packaging such as pots, tubs and trays are being accepted as part of household recycling schemes. Collections of these items does vary across the country though – so please check with your council in the first instance.
If your council does accept these items, typically it will include:
Food ‘pots / tubs’ for soup, noodles and cakes
Tubs containing cleaning products like stain remover and detergent
Punnet style containers that hold fruit / vegetables, such as mushrooms or grapes
Hair gel containers
Pots containing facial or body creams
How to recycle…
Give items a quick rinse using your left-over washing up water
Squash / flatten (where appropriate) – it saves space in your recycling bin!
Do not include plastic film lids or cling film
Other types of plastic pots and tubs, such as flower pots, cannot be recycled at home: however you can sometimes recycle them at household waste and recycling centres. The best option for these types of tubs is to find a keen gardener who might be able to re-use them!
What else can I do with them?
Plastic pots, tubs and trays can be very useful for storing odds and ends – from paperclips, to jewellery to pens and pencils!
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