Bin raiding

Responsibility of businesses

Every business, no matter how big or small, makes waste. Waste can take a variety of forms including -

  • paperwork
  • food and drink packaging
  • scrap metal
  • hair
  • wood
  • waste from cleaning or maintenance of business premises
  • construction and demolition waste
  • clinical and hazardous waste such as chemicals and asbestos

This duty of care puts the following requirement on waste holders relating to any form of business to -

  • securely store and prevent the escape of your waste
  • take steps to prevent any other persons from disposing of your waste illegally
  • only transfer your wastes to an authorised person. They could be known as a registered waste carrier. or transfer waste to a person for authorised transport purposes
  • keep documents waste transfer notes for the last 2 years. These must be produced to the council or Environment Agency on request

Business rates do not include charges for the collection and disposal of wastes from any business.

For more information relating to this visit, access -

Your waste and law - duty of care

Further practical guidance on how to meet your duty of care requirements