Environmental Policy FAQs
We continually work to reduce our environmental impact in both our bindery and print departments and are currently working towards accreditation and certification to BS EN ISO 14001:2004 standard. We are Forestry Stewardship Council Certified (FSC) and are members of the Prince’s Mayday Network. Which has a membership of over 2400 businesses who are creating the route map for a better, more sustainable way of doing business.
Blissetts environmental policy is posted on the notice board and this policy should be understood by all members of staff for its content and more importantly for what it stands for. Every newsletter sent to staff has a section about the environment and what the latest news and initiatives are.
This company takes matters of the environment very seriously and all employees will have this policy explained to them during their induction training. During 2013/14 we will continue to work with consultants to assess further our commitment to the environment and looking at ISO 14001 accreditation.
The company employs specialist sub-contractors for waste. Regency Waste Paper Company will deal with 100% of our paper and board waste whilst Grundon Waste Management will deal with all other waste. Grundon are certificated under Government legislation for general waste purpose. For all waste that is recyclable, staff are made aware at the induction stage of their employment how the coded bins are used for paper, card, plastic and board, all of which is recycled by our specialist suppliers.
Purchases of paper and board are always made from FSC accredited suppliers.
The main areas of concern and for which we have direct responsibilities are;
The company is concerned that all materials used in the binding and printing processes are not wasted.
Stock is ordered as required and a strict eye will be maintained on the cutting up of this stock in line with the cutting patterns.
Not only will this reduce wastage, but it will help the company reduce costs.
QUALITY: Keep an eye on the quality of work going through each process as corrections will lead to waste.
Light, heat, power & water
At all times, all staff should be aware of what can be turned off to help conserve the environment. All team leaders are responsible for their own areas both during the day and at closedown in the evenings.
During the binding process, waste is removed from books.
Some of this waste is recyclable and should be placed only in those binds marked “Recycle waste” NOTE different bins for different waste.
Other waste, especially plastic waste should be placed in bins marked “Rubbish”
Even though our glues are water based, any liquid waste should be disposed of in the white drums provided.
These substances are never recycled through the bindery and our waste services company, Grundons, are contracted to dispose of this as per legal requirements.
The company has strict guidelines for health & safety and any environmental aspects, which come under this heading of the Environment, are very important. The company encourages all members of staff to take responsibility for their actions and understand how they can make a difference. Failure to attend to your responsibilities here may be considered gross misconduct and could mean instant dismissal from the company.
The company cleaner has the responsibility for all inside and outside tidiness.
All members of staff are encouraged to see Gary Blissett with any improvements they can see for increasing and promoting environmental friendliness.
The company takes the view that all the above are clear environmental issues and failure to help the company in these issues will result in disciplinary action.