Your Business Waste Duty Of Care

Business waste duty of care, what is it?

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, all businesses, no matter their industry type or size, are required to take all acceptable steps to make sure that the waste their business produces is stored safely and securely in appropriate containers and that it is collected and disposed of by authorised and licensed waste carriers.

Appropriate waste containers, what are they?

When it comes to disposing of your trade waste, there are a number of bins and waste receptacles you can use such as wheelie bins, bin bags and RoRos. It is also vitally important that the business waste containers are waterproof, appropriate for the both the amount of waste your business produces and the type of waste (ie. glass, mixed recycling etc) and are emptied on a regular collection schedule to avoid spillages and over-filling.

Waste! What business waste?

Business waste is defined as any waste whatsoever that your business produces. Types of waste include cleaning products, old envelopes, plastic bottles, waste paper such as old invoices, boxes, food waste, packaging and the like: In a nutshell, if it is waste generated through your business activities, it is therefore classed as business waste.

Can I not just take it to the tip?

No. All business and trade waste must be dealt with in accordance to the Environmental Protection Act otherwise you run the risk of being fined.  Even if your business is based at your home, all businesses must be covered by a waste transfer note and use a registered waste carrier to collect and recycle or dispose of their trade waste.

What is a waste transfer note?

A waste transfer note is a legal document between two parties that details the transfer of waste from one person to another, namely the business that is producing the waste and the registered waste carrier that is collecting it. Waste transfer notes display a clear audit trail from the moment the business waste is produced to when it is disposed or recycled and must be kept for a minimum of two years.

Wow, that’s a lot to take in

Yes it is, but luckily you’ve landed on our website.

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03/09/2015 15:07:15

by Jonny in Waste Management News

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