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SWR JustBins - Duty of Care - Safety | Law | Responsibility

What is Duty of Care?

All businesses have a duty to ensure that any waste produced is handled safely and within the law. This is the ‘Duty of Care’. It applies to anyone who produces, imports, transports, stores, treats or disposes of controlled waste from business or industry.


The Duty of Care applies to Commercial, Industrial and Household Wastes (including Hazardous / Special Wastes) these are classified as ‘controlled waste’. This means that waste materials produced as part of any business or within a workplace are regulated by law.


As part of the ‘Duty of Care’ all businesses must ensure that:


  • Wastes are stored and disposed of responsibly

  • Waste is only handled or dealt with by people or businesses that are authorised to do so


All businesses have a responsibility to: 


  • All waste materials are stored in appropriate containers (usually bins or rubbish bags)

  • Waste materials are securely stored to stop items escaping e.g. bins have lids and bags are sealed

  • Containers are labelled so it’s clear which type of waste they contain

  • Ensure that waste is only transferred to a person or business authorised to deal with that particular type of waste.

  • Ensure that the waste being transferred is accompanied by a written description that will enable anyone receiving it to dispose of it or handle it safely and appropriately.



Who is allowed to deal with waste?


 Waste carriers: Anyone removing waste from a business must be authorised to do so. They must be one of the following:


  • A registered carrier of controlled waste

  • Exempt from registration as a carrier of a controlled waste

  • A waste collection authority in England and Wales

  • A waste disposal company in Scotland



A registered carrier will be able to produce a current certificate of registration. This certificate will show when the registration expires. SWR is a licensed waste carrier and broker.


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