Every business in England and Wales has a legal Duty of Care to ensure waste is disposed of responsibly.
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If you produce waste you must take all reasonable steps to keep the waste safe. If you give it to someone else you must be sure they are authorised to take it and can transport, process or dispose of it safely and legally. If you break this law you can be fined an unlimited amount.
- You must stop the waste escaping from your control - you must contain it
- Check that anyone taking your waste has the necessary authority - they should be a Registered Waste Carrier
- You must obtain from the carrier a receipt for the waste and a description of the waste transferred
Certain wastes are classified as hazardous - a very broad term for a wide range of substances that present different levels of risk. Some present a serious and immediate threat to the population and the environment, for example those which are toxic, could cause cancer or infectious disease. Others, such as fluorescent tubes or cathode ray tubes in televisions, pose little immediate threat but may cause long term damage over a period of time.
Any business already handling high-risks wastes should already be working with their waste contractor to dispose of them safely. The action you need to take will depend on the types of waste your business generates. You will need to:
- Think about the range of wastes your business generates. Hazardous wastes will need to be collected and disposed of separately
- If you produce hazardous wastes you will need to notify the Environment Agency so that they can register you as a producer. Your waste contractor may be able to do this for you
- Ask your waste contractor how they will be collecting the types of waste you produce