Waste Duty of Care for Homes and Businesses
As a producer of waste, you have a duty of care to dispose of it lawfully, without harming the environment.
Duty of care for householders for their waste
Occupiers of domestic premises have a duty of care to ensure they only transfer their waste to persons that are authorised to handle it, namely council refuse collectors, licensed waste carriers, or charities registered as collectors*.
Duty of care for businesses for their trade waste
Businesses, organisations and individual tradespeople that produce waste have a duty of care to store, handle and dispose of it lawfully, without harming the environment.
What happens if you breach your duty of care?
Breach of the duty of care is a criminal offence which could lead to a fine of up to the statutory maximum (£5,000) on summary conviction, and an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment.
When hiring contractors to remove waste items from your property, ask them for their waste carrier license number. Ours is CBDU277593. You can check with the Environment Agency whether a license is valid at Authorised Waste Carriers or by calling 08708 506506. If a contractor is not registered, don’t use them. They might seem like nice people, and have prices that are low and very appealing, but the likelihood is that whatever they collect, will end up on the side of the road or in another ‘spur of the moment’ dumping spot.
Fly-tipping costs the UK over £100m annually – so make sure your tax is spent on something better, don’t use cowboys.
What does this all mean in a nutshell?
If you use a contractor to take away your waste, the law requires you to make sure they’re licensed to do so with the EA.
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