Let's start by defining waste. Waste is any substance that the holder discards, intends to discard or is required to discard. Further explanation can be found in the legal definition of waste guidance.
The Controlled Waste Regulations (England and Wales) 2012 states that household, industrial and commercial waste are classed as controlled waste and are subject to the Environmental Protections Act 1990. Sewage, sewage sludge and septic tank sludge are not controlled wastes.
The Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice is produced by the Government to provide practical guidance on how to meet statutory requirements with regards to the disposal of waste in England and Wales. It is issued under the Environmental Protections Act 1990 and Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.
The fundamental principle behind this code is that everyone who deals with waste has a statutory obligation to ensure the waste is managed correctly to protect the human health and the environment. It therefore applies to anyone who imports, produces, handles or manages controlled waste from business or industry or acts as a waste broker in this respect.
In order to adhere to this code, parties involved in the waste industry must be able to provide a consignment note including:
All parties are required to sign the consignment note and keep a copy for two years.
Anyone who produces, handles or manages waste must take reasonable measures to manage waste in a specified order of preference known as the waste hierarchy.
Waste which contains certain substances or has certain properties that are considered harmful to human health or the environment are defined as hazardous waste (marked with an * in the European Waste Catalogue).
The management of hazardous waste is controlled by legislation. Legal requirements are set out in the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (Updated April 2016) and The EU Waste Framework Directive. In addition, DEFRA's Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management in England (2010) gives guidance for the management of hazardous waste.
The regulations ensure safe management of hazardous waste and provide cradle-to-grave documentation for the movement of hazardous waste. These regulations apply to anyone who produces, handles or manages hazardous waste from business or industry or acts as a waste broker in this respect.
Hazardous waste must be accompanied by a consignment note which must include:
What should be included in the full description of the waste?
What information about the waste carrier should be included?
All parties are required to sign the consignment note and keep a copy for two years. Consignment notes cannot be amended once the waste has been moved.
If you're bringing liquid waste to an Alpheus waste treatment site it's important that paperwork is complete and correct, or it may be rejected. We know some cases are more complex than other, but if you have any questions or concerns please get in touch for advice from our expert team by email or by calling us on 01234 686100 before the waste leave the collection point.