Environmental Directives and Laws Affecting Businesses

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  • Specific Laws and Directives Affecting Businesses
    • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
      • Forces businesses to increase recycling of waste electrical equipment which previously went on landfill sites
      • Since August 2005, manufacturer had increased responsibility for ensuring goods are recycled at the end of their life
    • Landfill Tax
      • Introduced in 1996
      • Aim to reduce the amount of waste being dumped into landfill sites
    • EU Packaging and Waste Directive
      • Forces businesses to increase recycling of packaging
      • Targets for the % of wood, paper, glass and plastic to be recycled
    • Climate Change Act
      • Requires UK PLCs to report their greenhouse gas emissions in annual reports - if these made public, companies more likely to try and reduce them

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