You must ensure that all commercial waste is managed correctly from the point of production to the point of final disposal. As a waste producer, you are responsible for your waste throughout the whole of this process. This is called your Duty of Care.
Commercial premises arranging for the collection and disposal of waste must comply with the requirements of Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 as amended. You can view both acts at www.legislation.gov.uk.
If you use a private waste collection contractor, make sure they are a Registered Waste Carrier (they will be able to show you a certificate of registration). You can check these details with the Environment Agency. If they are not registered you should check whether they are exempt from registration, which you can also check with the Environment Agency.
Please be aware that whether you use our collection services or you use a private contractor, the Duty of Care still applies.
Our Street Scene Enforcement Officers carry out daily patrols in the Borough and will take enforcement action against commercial premises that do not manage their waste properly.
Formal enforcement action may include the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices, notices requiring a commercial premise to provide the Council with their Waste Transfer Notes, or legal proceedings in serious cases.
Updated: 19 August 2014