Duty of care

The Waste Duty of Care is imposed under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to ensure that all persons who produce, import, keeps, treat, store, transport, or dispose of waste take all reasonable measures to ensure the waste is managed properly, stored correctly and passed to a registered waste carrier for treatment or disposal.

The regulations are complex but must be adhered to, as a ‘no limit’ fine if convicted.

To comply with your obligations under Duty of Care legislation you must:

  • Prevent unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste
  • Prevent a breach (failure) by any other person to meet the requirement to have an environmental permit, or a breach of a permit condition
    Prevent the escape of waste from your control
  • Ensure that any person you transfer the waste to has the correct authorisation
  • Provide an accurate description of the waste when it is transferred to another person

Our experienced team can assist in the waste analysis to ensure you are identifying the correct codes for your waste.

We work with you to ensure the correct paperwork is completed for every load of hazardous or non-hazardous waste before it leaves your premises.

We check that all containers used for storage or transportation are labelled and are suitable for its intended purpose. Vehicles must be covered, and waste secured if you are moving the waste yourself, or if you have engaged with a third party to transport the waste, they must be a registered waste carrier.

You must also know where your waste is being treated and / or disposed of.

IPR Environmental is a registered waste carrier, so you can be assured that by partnering us, we will identify the best route for your waste treatment and disposal in strict accordance with Duty of Care compliance.

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