Everyone has an important part to play in making sure that waste is properly stored and disposed of
Additionally, everyone should be a 'good neighbour', by minimising potential harm to the environment through reducing the amount of waste going to landfill; by decreasing CO2 emissions as a result of lessening the consumption of water, electricity and gas; and by re-using and recycling materials effectively.
The Environmental Protection Act; Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations and the Special Waste Regulations impose strict duties on all those who produce, keep, carry or dispose of Controlled or Special Waste.
Controlled Waste is all waste from industrial, commercial and domestic premise. All work inevitably produces potential environmental hazards and waste in one form or another. However, leftover materials that are to be reused elsewhere, are not classed as waste.
Special Waste includes larger quantities of substances / materials, which have hazard warning symbols or are accompanied by a safety date sheet . Special Waste must not be mixed with other waste.
Make sure that redundant materials, scrap items, general waste and surplus substances, which are temporarily stored, do not cause pollution. Substances that may, if they leaked or were spilled, contaminate the ground or water resources, must be properly stored. Make sure that everyone knows what to do if there is a leak or a spillage.
Everyone has a responsibility to make sure that controlled and special waste is:
Companies that transport controlled waste must be registered with a local Waste Regulation Authority as a 'carrier'. No waste is to be carried in unregistered vehicles.