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Businesses 'risking fines or prosecution' due to lack of knowledge of waste laws

PUBLISHED: 11:20 14 September 2016

Failure to comply with waste laws could lead to fly-tipping

Failure to comply with waste laws could lead to fly-tipping

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A campaign has been launched to ensure businesses are aware of their obligations

A campaign has been launched to help businesses comply with waste disposal laws after a survey revealed many are unwittingly leaving themselves open to fines or prosecution.

The survey showed that 59 per cent of firms in the south-east did not know where all their waste went when it left their site, while more than a third were unaware whether they completed or kept essential Waste Transfer Notes - a key legal requirement.

This lack of knowledge means waste could fall into the hands of criminals, leading to environmental, health and safety risks through fly-tipping and illegal disposal.

In Bromley, 3,377 incidents of fly-tipping were recorded in 2014-15, costing the local authority more than £300,000 in investigations and clearance.

The ‘right Waste, right Place’ campaign has been launched to help businesses understand what is expected of them under the Duty of Care law, offering practical advice on how to manage waste safely and efficiently.

The campaign, which is centred on an interactive website (www.rightwasterightplace.com) and run by the Environmental Services Association (ESA), is supported by the Environment Agency and Chartered Institution for Wastes Management.

Sam Corp, head of regulation at the ESA, said: “Waste crime is not victimless. Dealing with the results is costing taxpayers millions of pounds each year and waste criminals can harm the environment and put local communities in danger. By not complying, local businesses could well be helping facilitate such crime by not ensuring waste is disposed of safely.

“The ‘right Waste, right Place’ campaign is here to help. Small business owners are often stretched, multi-tasking and under pressure. Our campaign provides valuable and easy-to-understand materials that will help them put good practices in place that protect them from breaking the law.”

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