Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice recently published

March 23, 2016   //   No Comments

The duty of care legislation makes provision for the safe management of waste to protect human health and the environment. This code of practice (the Code) is issued under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the EPA). It sets out practical guidance on how to meet your waste duty of care requirements, but following the guidance does not replace your obligation to comply with the duty of care itself.

This Code applies to you if you import, produce, carry, keep, treat, dispose of or, as a dealer or broker have control of, certain waste in England or Wales. Failure to comply with the duty of care is an offence subject to an unlimited fine on conviction. The Code is admissible as evidence in legal proceedings and its rules must be taken into account where relevant to questions raised in the case.

If your waste activities are authorised or registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland but you deal with waste in England or Wales, you need to follow this Code. You need to follow Scotland’s and Northern Ireland’s codes of practice if you operate across borders.  The regulators for the duty of care are the Environment Agency (EA) in England, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in Wales and local authorities.

Read all of the details on the government’s website.