Does your waste practice comply with duty to care legislation?
As of 1990, the Environmental Protection Act imposed that ‘anyone who produces, imports, keeps, stores, transports, treats or disposes of waste must take all reasonable steps to ensure that waste is managed properly.’ This duty of care applies to all individuals, businesses and brokers who produce or handle any waste.
Waste, as defined by gov.uk, is ‘any substance or object which the holder discards or intends to or is required to discard’ and therefore no longer has use to the holder.
The most common forms of commercial waste include:
- Construction & Demolition waste
- Commercial & Industrial waste
- Dry Mixed Recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastics, metals)
- Green waste
- Food waste
- Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
- Wood waste
- Inert Waste (soils, sand, hardcore, rubble)
- Hazardous waste
Hazardous waste advice
Requests for helpful and accurate advice on hazardous waste management are rising. This is due to increased legislation and a better understanding that common wastes such as all batteries, fluorescent tubes, fridges, TV’s, paints & solvents, resins and aerosol cans are hazardous.
In response to requests for information, we have put together the following information.
Advice on storing and managing hazardous waste
Storing hazardous waste
Your duty of care requires you to correctly separate your waste to ensure certain types of waste are removed from mixed / general waste streams and treated separately. For more information please see information on pre-treatment of waste.
Attention to detail is notably important for hazardous waste to ensure correct practice when storing your waste.
Key points of practice to follow:
- Use specialised containers e.g. intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and 205L drums
- Ensure the storage area is secure and locked to prevent impermissible access
- Prevent the waste from causing environmental pollution or harming anyone
- Labelling to ensure correct waste is disposed in each container
Hazardous waste collections
Collection and transportation of your hazardous waste should only be carried out by a licensed operator who has the required training, qualifications and equipment to correctly manage hazardous waste.
Remember it is your responsibility to ensure your provider is suitable and compliant with appropriate legislation.
If you require collection, Commercial Recycling have relationships with a number of reputable waste collection companies, including Avon Material Supplies Ltd who offer scheduled and ‘one-off’ collections of hazardous waste throughout Dorset and Hampshire.
Hazardous waste disposal site
As with the transportation of hazardous waste, it remains the responsibility of the waste producer to ensure the disposal facility that accepts their waste is permitted to do so.
Our recycling facility in Canford is licensed to accept a large array of hazardous and difficult wastes. To check whether your type of hazardous waste can be accepted, please call 01202 331560.
The final consideration is regarding the completion of the correct paperwork (waste transfer notes and consignment notes) because these provide a clear trail from when the waste is produced until it is disposed of.
When moving any hazardous waste from a premises, a completed consignment note must accompany the load. Both of these documents should be stored for a minimum of two years and must be presented to the Environment Agency and/or local authority if they demand them.
Commercial Recycling can help you
If you are in doubt about any of the information above, please contact a member of staff at Commercial Recycling and we will be happy to help.
To organise disposal of your hazardous waste or for more information, call our team on 01202 331560.
For our brochure on Hazardous waste, please click here.