New rules come into force on 30 October that will require bakeries to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill.A business can comply with the Landfill Directive by either reducing the amount of waste it produces or by increasing its recycling rates. All non-hazardous waste liquids will also be banned from landfill.Chris Dabner, parliamentary officer of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA), said: “If the amount of waste sent to landfill sites continues at current levels, then the sites will soon become full. This is why the government is putting much more emphasis on recycling.”The Environment Agency estimates that the UK produces around 330 million tonnes of waste annually.Dabner added that bakery businesses will have to sort and recycle some of their waste, either by pre-treating their own waste or paying a contractor to do it for them.”Ultimately,” he added, “it is in our interest to recycle because the less landfill space there is, the higher the landfill taxes are likely to become.”Last Monday, the Environment Agency produced a website – [http://www.wastematters.org.uk] – giving businesses tips and hints on how to tackle waste. It also offers advice from regulators on waste legislation.An industry source said, however, that bakers and manufactures should not panic about this legislation because the law does not specify how much waste needs to be treated. As long as they are seen to be treating some, no matter how little, then they will not be prosecuted by law.
Vancouver Mall is embarking on a plan to build a satellite building and hopes to bring in three restaurants to fill the space in 2020. The mall submitted a preliminary application for the project to the city of Vancouver earlier this month.Tenants are not yet signed, said mall general manager JB Schutte, but the mall is negotiating with potential occupants. The proposed structure would include a 5,066-square-foot space intended for a fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru and 3,931 square feet of remaining space that would be split between two high-turnover, sit-down restaurants.Schutte said the mall’s management staff have been contemplating the expansion for the past four years, with an eye toward expanding the mall’s role as a restaurant and entertainment venue in addition to a retail destination.“We’ve got a substantial amount of extra parking, and there seems to be a demand for more restaurants,” he said.The new building would sit on a 1.9-acre portion of the mall’s main parking lot, near the southwest corner entrance from Northeast Thurston Way. The project would result in a net loss of 82 mall parking spaces, but the application states that the mall will still have a net excess of spaces.No exact timelineThe exact timeline of the project is still up in the air — Schutte said it depends in part on the city approval process, because the addition will need to be approved before tenants are signed. The soonest tenants would move in would be 2020, he said.