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The Journey of Waste eLearning Course

What is the waste hierarchy 10 minsJourney of Waste [90 minutes]

£75 per learner, not including 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.


The Journey of Waste eLearning 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 only available online through the Rio Engage platform.


*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.


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.


Where does rubbish go?

Where rubbish goes depends on the type of rubbish, but ultimately all of it ends up going to waste treatment facility. Waste treatment facilities come in a number of forms, including recycling centres, incineration plants, or simple landfill sites. Currently, over 70% of non-recyclable rubbish ends up in a landfill site in the UK.

Where do recyclables go?

If recycled correctly, most recyclables go to waste treatment facilities known as material recovery facilities (MRFs). In MRFs, recyclable materials are sorted by type to be properly recycled and made into another product.

Where does medical waste go?

The majority of medical waste must be incinerated due to contamination from various medical practices. Interestingly, this process can actually create energy through burning the waste. This energy is created through the combustion of materials found in medical waste, which is then recycled as heat energy. 

Ultimately, after incineration, medical waste still goes to landfill, but the mass or volume will have been greatly reduced by the process.

Are there any entry requirements to this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, and it is suitable for anyone with an interest in waste management or already has waste management responsibilities.

Can this eLearning course be given to a group in the workplace?

While we do not deliver this course directly to workplaces, Rio Learn allows businesses to buy this course in bulk, at a discounted rate. Participants will then receive access to the course on the Rio Engage platform, where they can take the course either at work or at home. Get in touch to discuss your bulk discount today.

What do I need to access and complete this course?

The only thing you will need to access and complete this course is your Rio Engage login, which you will receive upon purchasing the course.

Are there any further course materials I or my team need?

All course materials for this Waste Journey eLearning Course are available through the Rio Engage platform. There are no further course materials required.

Can I track the progress of my teams taking part in the course online?

If you wish to track the progress of your teams, simply reach out to our customer support team today. We can organise an administrator account specifically for you, which allows you to view the progress made by your team.

What are the benefits of having a workforce trained in this course?

Workforces trained in the waste journey will have a deeper understanding of the legalities and compliances around waste management and disposal. This will allow them to take effective action to improve the waste processes of your business or organisation, potentially helping to avoid fines and penalties associated with improper waste disposal.

What are the benefits of training in the workplace vs training online?

Training online for this waste management course allows participants to benefit from 24-hour access to the course, as well as the ability to review the course material once completed. They will also have access to a study tutor, who can provide support throughout the process.

Can I get a discount if I buy in bulk?

Yes! Please get in touch if you would like to buy in bulk, and we will arrange a discount for you.

Can I buy this course for individual use?

This course is open to anyone who wishes to learn, and is a great way to expand your knowledge in waste management and the compliances and legalities surrounding it.

When can I access this eLearning course?

You can access this course as soon as you receive your Rio Engage login, which will be emailed to you once the course has been purchased. You will be able to access this course at any time, alongside any other Rio Learn courses you own.


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If you’d like to expand your learning even further, why not take a look at our other Rio Learn courses? We offer a number of subject areas, from energy management and ESG, to environmental management, healthcare waste, and more. A number of our courses are also approved by professional bodies like IEMA, The Energy Institute, and the Royal College of Nursing, so you will be receiving exceptional levels of education.

Rio is also at the forefront of ESG software. The Rio ESG platform utilises AI-driven software to help businesses and organisations measure, track and report on their ESG efforts. It houses a number of frameworks for you to work with, and provides space for each part of ESG so you can keep a top-level view, or take a granular approach.