Trash to Cash - as easy as it sounds?

posted 22.06.2011

As I gear up for the highlight of my week, BBC's The Apprentice? (yes I am that sad) I have been thinking back to Week 6 and the waste removal task which recipro blogged about here previously.

In week 6 the two teams had to operate a waste removal service to collect and sort waste and then either sell or dispose of appropriately. The two teams both made what sounded like reasonable profits in the region of a £1000, with just £6 separating the two teams (of course they don?t factor in any of the overheads or wages of the teams). One of the teams were so impressed they even referred to it in the following task, penning an article of how to make £1000 in a day.

So, should we expect hoards of people starting up their own waste removal business in a bid to cash in on waste? Maybe not? it was with interest that I read a piece from the Environment Agency addressing this very question.

They have pointed out that the process might not be quite as straightforward as it may have seemed for the candidates of the show.

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In reality you would need to register as a Waste Carrier, and also ensure that any location or facility in which you intend to take waste has the appropriate permits to operate as a legitimate waste site. Further to this, under the legal Duty of Care regulations, once any waste has been taken into your possession you need to ensure that it is treated, handled, recycled and disposed of in the proper manner. This is true even if the waste is sold to a third party.

What the television did not show was all the work that went on behind the scenes to ensure that all the relevant licenses and permits were in place, with the producers ensuring that they contacted the Environment Agency well before filming to make sure the appropriate steps had been taken.

So, a word of warning- whilst you may have seen the candidates turning waste into cash in just 48 hours? it might not be quite as straight forward as it first appeared.

Recipro sourced information for this blog from the Environment Agency. For more information please visit their website

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