Date: Mon 6 February 2006
Reduce Reuse Recycle - says UNISON
UNISON - Scotland's public service union - today (Monday) launched
a new Waste Management Charter for the public sector, as part of
Scottish Environment Week 2006.
The six point charter* urges public sector organisations to set
challenging targets to reduce the amount of waste they produce and
to use their purchasing power to support sustainable development.
UNISON Scotland believes that the sector can help lead by example
in ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle' and similar campaigns by developing
clear internal waste management and recycling strategies.
Scottish Organiser Dave Watson said: "Scotland must
drastically cut the amount of waste sent to landfill, which is a
major source of greenhouse and other gases. We must all transform
the way we deal with waste. This applies to individuals, families
and the public, private and voluntary sectors.
"Local authorities, through National and Area Waste Plans,
must meet European legislative targets on waste and recycling. The
public sector can also play a crucial role by developing internal
waste management strategies, in consultation with staff, as part
of overall sustainable development strategies."
Roddy Mann a UNISON member and Area Manager for Fife Council's
Environmental Services said "Working in the field of wastes
management I see the importance of Public Services setting a good
socially responsible example in this area. The management of waste
plays a significant role in protecting our environment and conserving
scarce natural resources. Our attitude to waste today will determine
the legacy we leave for future generations. We must lead by example.
The public sector is currently looking at policies that will reduce
its global environmental impact. The Scottish Executive is considering
setting targets for public bodies on the specification of recycled
material and is preparing a Scottish Sustainable Procurement Action
UNISON Scotland believes that concerted action by the sector can
make a major contribution to reducing Scotland's waste, can set
a good example for the private sector and can encourage employees
to change their behaviour at home in ways which contribute to sustainable
development and safeguard the planet for future generations.
*A Waste Management Charter for Public Sector Organisations
- Agree an internal waste management and recycling strategy, which
also looks at procurement in an overall sustainable development
- Consult and involve staff on development and implementation
of the strategy
- Ensure it promotes prevention, minimisation and other options
from the top of the waste hierarchy, along with internal and external
- Agree realistic but challenging targets for the strategy, with
regular monitoring and evaluation
- Provide easily accessible, clear information on the organisation's
strategy, targets and progress on key indicators
- Use tools such as the Ecological Footprint in policy development,
monitoring progress and raising awareness
Notes to the Editor
1. UNISON Scotland's Briefing on Waste Management is on our website
2. The Ecological Footprint is a tool increasingly used to measure
environmental impact. Further information is at: www.scotlands-footprint.com
3. Scottish Environment Week 6th to 12th
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt Smith (Scottish
Secretary) 07771 548 997 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0771 558 3729(m) Dave Watson (Scottish Organiser) 07958 122 409