Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 imposes a duty of care on persons concerned with handling waste yet businesses are prone to fall short of the law due to a simple understanding of its definition.
Are you fully aware of your ‘duty of care’?
The Environmental Protection Act 1990, a UK act of parliament relating to controlled wastes, makes provision for the management of pollution from industrial processes.
As a business, you have a duty of care to ensure that any waste your company produces is handled safely and within the law. This is your ‘duty of care’ and it applies to anyone who produces, imports, transports, stores, treats or disposes of controlled waste from businesses or industries.
Your responsibilities are:
- keep waste to a minimum by doing all you can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste (in that order)
- sort and store waste safely and securely
- complete a waste transfer note for each load of waste that leaves your premises
- not allow the waste carrier to dispose of your waste illegally
Failure to comply may result in Fixed Penalty Notices.
Keep waste to a minimum by improving your capacity to recycle.
Improving your recycling at work is a win:win situation. But, how can you improve your recycling at work with business objectives in mind? In this eBook, we’ll look at 5 Ways to help achieve the following.