Here at ETM Recycling we are committed to helping businesses across the South West of the UK manage their waste in an environmentally friendly manner. From wood recycling and plastic recycling to skip hire and the production of recycled aggregates, we specialise in providing a comprehensive range of industry-leading waste management services throughout Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas.

We are extremely proud of the accreditations we have acquired, ensuring we offer our clients the most efficient and effective waste management and recycling services in the region. For example, we are certified by SGS UK and UKAS to ISO 14001:2015, the Environmental Management Systems Standard, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.

We’ve put together this guide to explain what this accreditation means, why it is important and the benefits you receive by choosing an SGS UK and UKAS certified company.

What is SGS UK?

SGS UK is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. They were one of the first certification bodies to achieve UKAS accreditation to certify companies to ISO 14001:2015, the Environmental Management Systems Standard.

What is UKAS?

Standing for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, UKAS is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom. They are recognised by the government to assess organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services against internationally agreed standards.

As the sole overarching accreditation body for the UK, UKAS ensures consistency and maintained high-quality of service, awarding certifications only to those who prove competence, capabilities and impartiality.

As UKAS accredited, SGS UK is recognised to an international standard to certify accreditations to environmental companies.

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is the most internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems (EMS), providing a framework to help companies implement an EMS to optimise, control and monitor their environmental performance.

An EMS refers to the policies, processes, plans, practices and records that define the rules governing how a company interacts with the environment.

UKAS Environmental Management Systems Certification

In order to become ISO 14001 UKAS accredited, businesses must undergo a wide range of thorough inspections and tests. They’ll need to meet the criteria of rigorous assessments and consistently demonstrate that their EMS performs to the required standard.

Once accredited, UKAS certified companies are continually reassessed with random inspections to ensure capabilities and compliance is maintained.

ETM Recycling are proud to be UKAS accredited, enabling us to confidently provide the highest quality services to our clients.

Benefits of Using a UKAS Accredited Company

Gaining UKAS accreditation is meaningful for both the company and its clients/customers, as it demonstrates reliability, quality and reassurance. Here are some of the main benefits of using a UKAS accredited company for your environmental and waste management needs, all of which apply to us here at ETM Recycling,

Environmental Impact

The processes implemented by UKAS accredited companies put the environment at the forefront, ensuring environmental footprint is reduced.

Quality of Service

The organisation has been externally audited by technical assessors and thus will have had to demonstrate the quality of service they provide.


Businesses can save time and money by using an accredited organisation as they already have the essential resources, tools and facilities to carry out work to the highest standard.


Accredited companies consistently provide a trusted and reliable service, proven by random reassessments. This helps to ensure that they remain up to standard and continue to deliver high-quality services.


Random reassessments mean that the accredited organisation must stay on top of legislation and keep up with any applicable changes.

UKAS Accredited Environmental Services with ETM Recycling

If you’re looking to outsource your waste management to a UKAS accredited company, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with ETM Recycling today. Working to a certified quality management system, we ensure excellence in all we do, tailoring every service we offer to your specific requests and requirements.

Whether you have a small or large amount of waste, are looking for a solution for a one-off project, or would like a plan devised for the ongoing management of your waste, we can help.

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