Regardless of your industry sector, a variety of legislation exists, which will affect the way in which you handle and dispose of your waste.
The EU’s Environmental Liability Directive will make the ‘polluter pays’ principle legally enforceable.
The Landfill Directive was created to prevent and reduce the effects of waste disposal in landfill sites on the environment and human health. Businesses are now responsible for making sure their waste is treated before being sent to landfill.
The Control of Pollution Act ensures that carriers of controlled wastes are registered and comply with the law.
Hazardous waste os waste that may be harmful to human health or the environment. As a producer of hazardous waste you must ensure that you are using the correct facilities and with the appropriate documents.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations aim to reduce the amount of this waste going to landfill and improve recovery and recycling rates. If you manufacture, import or distribute electronic equipment, generate or collect electronic waste you will need to be WEEE compliant.
Duty of Care regulations place a duty upon producers, importers, carriers, and disposers of controlled waste to prevent the unauthorized disposal of waste.
You must comply with the Packaging Producer Responsibility Obligations if you business handles more than 50 tonnes of packaging in a year and has a turnover of more than £2 million. These obligations are slihtly different to the above packaging producer responsibility regulations.
UK businesses use over 10 million tonnes of packaging in the delivery of their products each year. Packaging producer responsibility regulations help ensure that companies are responsible for recovering and recycling UK packaging waste.