Every company has to deal with environmental regulations. There are rules for the noise level of your company, for the processing of waste, and for the use and generation of energy. In addition, there are also rules to ensure that soil, air, and water are not polluted. That means that sometimes you will have to take measures to comply with the rules, such as laying a liquid-tight floor, applying sound-insulating measures, or separating different types of waste.
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General environmental rulesMost entrepreneurs hardly burden the environment. They adhere to the general environmental rules from the Activities Decree. Your business activities determine to which category your company belongs and which rules you must adhere to. Use the Activities Decree Internet Module (in Dutch) to find out your category and regulations.
Provincial RulesEach province has a Provincial Environmental Act (Provinciale Milieuverordening, PMV). In the PMV, provinces include extra rules for certain environmental problems.
What should you pay attention to?The following matters are related to (environmental) legislation:
- A company may not produce too much noise. As an entrepreneur, you must prevent noise pollution.
- Special rules apply to company waste. These relate to the separation, collection, and registration of waste.
- You are obliged to keep the environment around your busines premises clean. This applies to waste that comes from your company, within a radius of 25 metres.
- As a producer or importer, do you market packaged products and packaging in the Netherlands? Then you are responsible for the management of the packaging up to and including the waste phase.