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.
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:
- 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
Landlords Guide to Duty of Care - Waste From Rental
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.