A government-backed waste directory to help small food manufacturers find licensed sites for recycling or disposing of their waste is now available free on the web.
NetRegs is a partnership between the Environment Agency England and Wales, the Environment & Heritage Service (Northern Ireland) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
It is a free, confidential service that provides small and medium-sized food firms with information without judging their business. Users can search the NetRegs Waste Directory by postcode or town and by waste type. Disposal sites can be located using an electronic map which shows the nearest sites and highlights those with recycling facilities.
The launch of NetRegs marks the start of a new campaign to help small firms find out about environmental legislation. More than 3,000 companies were prosecuted in 2005 because they fell foul of regulations.
"Small businesses may be failing to comply with environmental legislation simply because they aren't aware of what they need to do," said John Holbrow, environmental chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses. "By giving them the information they need about where to recycle or dispose of their waste, NetRegs will help small businesses to take vital steps towards avoiding the risk of fines."