Commercial waste disposal responsibilities

If your business produces waste, you have a legal responsibility to make sure the waste is managed properly; this means that it is disposed of safely and does not cause any harm to health or pollute the environment.

We can help you to dispose of commercial waste responsibly.

Businesses 'duty of care' for waste

You must check your waste is going to a waste disposal site that can legally accept it. Hazel Court is our only waste recycling site which can accept trade waste.

You have 3 key responsibilities when dealing with your business waste; you must:

  • ensure your waste is properly contained and doesn't escape your control
  • ensure your waste is taken or given to someone who is legally allowed to accept it
  • ensure your waste is accompanied by the proper descriptions (your 'Waste Transfer Note')

Your Duty of Care responsibilities are set out in Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990. Failure to comply is an offence with a penalty of up to £5,000 in the Magistrates' Court or an unlimited fine in the Crown Court.

Waste transfer note

When you take your business waste to a waste recycling site, you will be asked to fill in a 'transfer note'. This shows that you have transferred your waste to someone who is legally allowed to accept your waste.

At Hazel Court HWRC this paperwork will be signed by the site operative at the weighbridge, as the person who is 'accepting' your waste. You will also need to sign it as the person who is 'transferring' the waste.

The transfer note documents that the waste has been disposed of correctly.

Please note your responsibilities regarding the transfer note:

  • you must keep a copy of this transfer note
  • all records must be kept for a minimum of 2 years
  • any local authority can ask to inspect the records
  • failure to produce your records can result in a fixed penalty notice (fine) of £300

Please be aware that no detail on your transfer note can be changed once you have left the site. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the details on the note, including waste description, weight and name of business are checked. Any queries must be made before you sign the ticket.

Waste carrier's licence

As your business carries waste, you must apply for a 'waste carrier's licence' which is issued by the Environment Agency. This document states that you're legally allowed to carry a particular type of waste.

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