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Business waste disposal legalities that a commercial waste disposal company takes care of

Business waste disposal legalities that a commercial waste disposal company takes care of

Waste management is an aspect of trading that is tightly governed to protect environmental, ecological, and human health. The regulations surrounding the storage, collection, and disposal of waste are extensive and can be quite complex for businesses attempting to manage their waste independently. 

This is where a commercial waste disposal company comes in, ensuring that businesses adhere to local council regulations and environmental laws, thereby simplifying the complex landscape of waste management legalities.

Fundamental waste management legalities 

Managing business waste requires compliance with a range of legal requirements, which can vary based on the nature of the waste, the volume produced, and the specific regulations of local authorities. Here are some of the key legalities that businesses need to navigate:

Duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act 1990

All businesses must safely contain and dispose of any waste produced, covering a wide spectrum of waste types including electronic equipment, used oils, packaging, and more​.

Registration and permits

Businesses must register as waste carriers if disposing of their waste and may need additional permits for certain waste activities. This includes transporting waste, treating it, storing it, and disposing of it​.

Correct waste storage

Waste must be stored in a manner that prevents pollution or harm to people. This involves using suitable containers, preventing the escape of waste, and correctly labelling waste storage containers.

Waste transfer notes

For each load of waste transferred, a detailed waste transfer note must be completed, ensuring traceability and proper handling of the waste by registered carriers.

International waste shipments

Strict controls are placed on the movement of waste between countries to ensure that waste is treated or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. Importing or exporting waste generally is allowed only for recovery or recycling purposes.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and other schemes

Under schemes like EPR, businesses are responsible for the end-of-life management of their products, especially packaging, ensuring that they are collected, recycled, or disposed of properly​.

Specific waste streams

Legislation also covers specific waste streams such as electrical and electronic equipment, packaging waste, and construction waste, each with its own set of requirements for recycling and disposal​.

Permits for specific operations

Some waste disposal activities may require an environmental permit from the local authority. This includes operations like treating, storing, or disposing of waste on your premises.

Consignment notes for hazardous waste

Similar to waste transfer notes, consignment notes are required when hazardous waste is transferred. These documents provide detailed information about the hazardous waste and its movement.

Choose DCW as Your Commercial Waste Disposal Partner in Devon

Navigating the complexities of business waste disposal legalities requires expertise and understanding. If your business generates waste that needs to be collected, sorted, and recycled, partnering with DCW can offer a streamlined and compliant solution. 

DCW is equipped to handle the intricacies of waste management regulations, ensuring that your business remains compliant while contributing to environmental sustainability. Contact DCW today for a quote.

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