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Waste and your Duty of Care

Commercial  & Household Waste

A Breach of a ‘Duty of Care’ (which is a criminal offence) is committed when either a business of householder loses control of their waste or they have not taken reasonable steps to prevent this from happening. The impact of this Environmental Crime can be direct, e.g. air pollution issues / contamination of land, but also indirect such as social or economic impacts, e.g. health problems or decline in the local amenity. To find out more about Duty of Care, see the Govt link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/506917/waste-duty-care-code-practice-2016.pdf

 

Waste produced as a result of business activity is classed as controlled waste.  Businesses are therefore legally responsible for making sure that it is disposed of correctly. For further information on what to do with business waste, visit: Gov.UK - Business and Commercial Waste.

 

Rental properties are classed as businesses, and as such, landlords should be aware of their responsibilities in terms of waste disposal and Duty of Care. For further information please view: Landlords Guide to Duty of Care - Waste From Rental Properties.

 

Breach of Duty of Care may be dealt with by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice of £300 (Commercial Waste), or a caution plus clearance costs (Household Waste), or prosecution (both).

 

If in doubt, check!

 If you pay for a trade waste collection, or if you are having alterations or improvements made to your house by a company, make sure that your waste is removed by a registered Waste Carrier. Ask to see a waste transfer certificate/licence and check whether a company is registered here: Environment Agency’s Public Registers.

 

Can I dispose of my own bulky waste?

Yes. Bedford Borough Council can arrange for bulky waste items to be collected from your home for a fee. Householders can also take bulky waste to Household Waste Recycling Centre at Barkers Lane for disposal free of charge.