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Environmental policy
1 stop cleaning Ltd believe that businesses are responsible for achieving good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner. We are therefore committed to reducing our environmental impact an continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods. It is our priority to encourage our customers, suppliers and all business associates to do the same. Not only is this sound commercial sense for all it is also a matter of delivering on our duty of care towards future generations.

Our policy is to
  • Wholly support and comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice
  • Minimise our waste and then reuse or recycle as much of it as possible
  • Minimise energy and water usage in our buildings, vehicles and processes in order to conserve supplies, and minimise our consumption of natural resources, especially where they are non-renewable
  • Operate and maintain company vehicles (where appropriate) with due regard to environmental issues as far as reasonably practical and encourage the use of alternative means of transport and car sharing as appropriate
  • Apply the principles of continuous improvement in respect of air, water, noise and light pollution from our premises and reduce any impacts from our operations on the environment and local community
  • As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same
  • Assess the environmental impact of any new processes or products we intend to introduce in advance

Organisational Structure

Managing Director
Overall responsibility

Environmental Manager
Induction training
Environmental Impact/Risk Assessment
Workplace Environmental Audits
Waste Management
Noise Assessment
Air Emissions
Fuel, Oil, Chemical storage

Managers/Supervisors
Set positive Example
Identify Training
Promote positive Culture
Implement policy
Environmental Inspections
Report any issues of problems with Policy

Employees
Understand Policy
Co-operate & comply with Policy
Do not interfere with anything that may cause an environmental issue
Report any issues or problems with policy

Implementation
Overall responsibility for the policy is the responsibility of the Managing Director with the day to day responsibility being held by the Environmental Manager who must ensure adequate consideration is given to all issues. However in some cases specialist advice and consultation may be sought to ensure implementation is carried out correctly.

Planning of work must include eliminating or minimising the potential harmful emissions/discharges or other forms of pollutions.

High standards must be applied when complying with legislation regarding the protection of the environment.

All incidents must be reported to the Environmental Manager in the form of a written report to ensure that a full investigation is carried out to prevent reoccurrence. Any training must be promoted to improve environmental awareness in individuals and the policy will be fully explained to new employees at induction training. This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis or sooner if short falls become apparent.

Incident Investigation and Reporting
All incidents must be reported to the Environmental Manager in the first instance to ensure that a full investigation is carried out to prevent a reoccurrence. A full written report must be submitted which can then be analysed to ensure that a plan or procedure can be implemented to prevent a reoccurrence.

All procedures will comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and will show evidence of such compliance.

Any incident that may be a danger, or cause damage to the natural environment must be reported in the first incidence to the Environmental Agency on 0800 807060. This line is available 24 hours a day.

Waste Management and Recycling
It is our policy to ensure a high level of commitment to good environmental practice throughout our activities developing the existing Environmental policy by minimising the production of waste through good purchasing practice, reuse and economic recycling. Wherever practicable, systems and procedures will be implemented to encourage the recycling and reuse of materials with view to minimising the overall levels of waste produced by this organisation. All employees are expected to follow procedures and cooperate with management in the execution of this policy. All waste materials are left on site for commercial clients to dispose of according to their environmental policy, domestic waste is recycled using local recycling facilities and scrap merchants due to the small amounts of waste created a licensed contractors contract is not required.

1st Stop Cleaning Ltd have adopted the following specific aims:
  • Cultivate a work ethic with a high level of awareness of waste minimisation and recycling
  • Promote economy in the use of paper and the selection of print formats and document styles in line with this
  • Encourage the purchase of recycled materials and those which are suitable for disposal by recycling
  • Favour suppliers who operate according to sound environmental principles
  • Minimise waste by encouraging the exchange, and re-use of equipment and materials amongst departments
  • Develop a waste management strategy which accommodates recycling procedures and initiatives
  • Develop a wide range of recycling schemes
  • Encourage departments to establish local recycling schemes which are relevant to their individual activities

1st Stop Cleaning Ltd will recycle all allowable paper and cardboard goods avoiding any synthetic materials such as plasticised papers, tinfoil’s, waxed papers or any other plastic or metal binders or wrappings. Such materials should go into normal waste bins. Clearly identified cardboard bins or trays will be placed in each office for collection of all suitable waste paper. Only paper suitable for recycling should be placed in these containers.

Our on-site waste is segregated into appropriate skips i.e metal, wood, rubble. We are committed to expanding our Recycling Policy. Procedures for recycling other wastes will be developed and implemented over time.

Other schemes the company may investigate include:
  • Composting of organic and bio-degradable materials
  • Recovery and recycling of ferrous–based products
  • Collection of and recycling of glass – based products

Recycling of materials, including timber products, aggregates and excavated material.

Energy management
1st stop cleaning Ltd is committed to responsible energy management and will practice efficiency throughout all of its premises, utilising its plant and equipment in the most cost effective manner to achieve this goal. In addressing this statement, the company will:
  • Incorporate energy efficiency measures, including alternative and emerging technologies, into all new refurbished facilities through best practice in energy efficient design, the selection and sizing of energy efficient plant and equipment systems and other energy infrastructure
  • Maintain all plant and equipment and control and manage systems and energy infrastructure in such a way to minimise energy wastage
  • Monitor and report on the company’s energy consumption and identify and implement opportunities for improved energy efficiency
  • Pursue the use of renewable and alternative energy sources to supplement conventional energy sources
  • Address our obligations as a member of the global community including legislative requirements and minimising our impact on the environment
  • Strive to procure, distribute and maintain resources a the lowest cost whilst addressing the items above

Our corporate objective is therefore to manage our energy usage and resources as efficiently as possible so as to minimise waste. This policy will be implemented, monitored and enforced throughout the workplace. All staff are expected to work towards the aims of this policy and cooperate with management in its execution.

Noise Reduction and Control
1st stop cleaning Ltd will ensure that disturbance and nuisance noise arising from our operations are kept to an acceptable level and minimised where practicable. Whilst the basic principles outlined within this document should be applied to all works, particular reference should be made to ensuring that nuisance noise does not cause a disturbance during non-work hours.

Noise levels above 55dB(A) are known to affect concentration levels and can cause unnecessary stress and disturbance to individuals and therefore have the potential to cause noise pollution and a statutory nuisance.

When considering the potential for nuisance noise, the number and location of residential and other noise sensitive properties likely to be affected needs to be considered relevant to the location and type of noise being generated.

All of the above conform to the following regulations:
  • Control of Pollution Act 1974, the Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993, the Noise Act 1996
  • Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000

Water and Waste Water Efficiency
1st Stop Cleaning Ltd will ensure that wastage and inefficient use of water resources within the workplace is kept to an acceptable level. We recognise that water is a precious resource and has implications for the environment.

1st Stop Cleaning Ltd will ensure that waste water discharges from our undertakings are properly managed and controlled. The way we use and dispose of it has implications for the environment. As a business, we are required to pay for the collection, transport and treatment of any waste water that is discharged from our premises into the public sewerage system.

To help ensure we give proper consideration to our environmental management responsibilities, and to assist in the management and control of waste water discharges, this policy and procedure will be implemented to demonstrate how our organisation manages its responsibilities.

To help ensure we give and proper consideration to our environmental management responsibilities, and to assist in the minimisation of water consumption and the efficient use of water in the workplace, this policy and procedure will be implemented to prevent unnecessary wastage.

This includes the following:
  • Finding and fixing leaks
  • Installing water saving devices
  • General maintenance of devices
  • Installing water efficient equipment
  • Rainwater collection devices

All of the above to conform to the following regulations:
  • Urban Waste Water Treatment (England and Wales) Regulations 1994
  • Water Act 2003
  • Sections 71-75 of the Water Industry Act 1991