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The Journey of Waste eLearning Course

90 minutes / £75 per learner (Excluding VAT)
The Journey of Waste eLearning Course was designed from the ground up to help teams responsible for waste management gain a deeper understanding of the legal obligations and compliance documentation that is associated with responsible waste disposal.

As waste management and ESG efforts are adopted into businesses and organisations, it has become increasingly important that proper waste management protocols are adhered to. Through proper waste disposal, businesses can reduce the harmful effects of waste on the environment, which can improve both your reputation and reduce the likelihood of fines and penalties surrounding improper waste disposal.

This course on the waste journey, aims to help businesses and organisations understand a range of waste related concepts, from legal responsibilities with waste, to different waste concepts and scenarios. It will also teach participants about the responsibilities around packaging, hazardous waste, food waste, and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

You can use the Rio Engage platform to access this course at any time, which means you can complete the course at your own pace. There are no practical activities or workshops that need to be completed with this course, and all course materials are available through Rio Engage.

*If you are new to Rio, you will be directed to our Rio platform where you will need to complete one form to register before purchasing the course. If you are already an Engage user, you will be directed straight to the shopping cart. For all other users, please contact your System Administrator.

IEMA Pathways to Net Zero Course Overview

Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of this course, you will have:

  • An understanding of the legal responsibilities associated with different types of waste.
  • An understanding of the end of waste concepts and scenarios.
  • An understanding of the waste responsibilities of packaging, WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), food, waste and hazardous waste.

There are no assessments to complete for this course.

Course length

This resource awareness course lasts for approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Is this an online or on-site course?

This course is solely available through the Rio Engage platform, which can be accessed at any time.

Who is this Journey of Waste eLearning course for?

This course assumes that you have no previous knowledge or experience in the waste journey, so is ideal for anyone with an interest in waste management, currently in a waste management role, or needing a refresher course on waste management. As this course looks at a variety of scenarios and concepts, it is suitable for professionals across a range of industries. As it follows the entire journey of waste, this course is also suitable for anyone who produces waste, and anyone who treats or carries waste, especially if that person has responsibilities relating to compliance.

Why study the waste journey?

Having your teams trained in the waste journey is vital in helping to build a more environmentally friendly business. Consider the many ways that improper waste management might affect the environment:

  • Increased greenhouse gas emissions - Greenhouse gases can be found throughout the waste process, and in some cases are unavoidable. Nonetheless, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making it easier for waste disposal companies to collect waste, and by shifting to eco-friendly vehicles for waste disposal.
  • Contaminated water and soil - Improper waste disposal can lead to serious issues around contaminated water and soil, which in turn will affect human health in the long-run. Consider the extent to which microplastics can now be found in waterways and food. This is an issue that can be greatly reduced with a good understanding of waste management.
  • Goods that could be recycled go to landfill - If a product can be recycled, all businesses should strive to make that a reality, instead of allowing it to go to landfill. Recycling gives that product a second life, which in turn prevents it from creating greenhouse gases through compression at a landfill.

Proper waste management also helps to reduce or remove the chance of fines and penalties against your business. Improper waste disposal fines can be incredibly damaging not just to your business financially, but also to your reputation. Consider companies like Shell, that in 2021 were penalised with a $111m fine over one of their oil spills in Africa, which dated back to the 1970s. 

Waste management can be a complex subject, but as you can see, it is important that businesses have a strong grasp of its legal, social and financial ramifications. If you would like to continue learning about waste management, consider joining our Waste Management course upon completion of this Waste Journey eLearning course.

Working with Rio

Rio are the experts in all things ESG and sustainability. As such, we offer expert consulting for any business or organisation looking to improve their environmental impact, and provide an ESG software platform to help you manage, analyse and report upon your efforts.

Contact Us

If you have any other questions regarding this course, please reach out to our team, who will be happy to answer any queries.