Defra launched consultation on waste duty of care Code of Practice

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London, UK — The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has lanched a consultation on the revision of the waste duty of care Code of Practice. Defra wants to know if public and industry think,s the revised code of practice gives clear and practical guidance on fulfilling your legal duty of care obligations. According to the department, the current code of practice does not reflect a number of important legislative changes relating to the duty of care since its publication in 1996.

The Duty of Care is a legal requirement for those dealing with certain kinds of waste to take all reasonable steps to keep it safe and is set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA). It applies to anyone who is a holder of household, industrial and commercial waste, known as controlled waste. The purpose of the Code of Practice is to give simple, clear and practical guidance on what those who import, produce, carry, keep, treat or dispose of controlled waste have to do to fulfil their legal duty of care obligations.

In revising the Code of Practice Defra has tried to:

  • explain the legislative requirements of the duty of care, and make clear who and what they apply to;
  • provide guidance so that each user understands how to demonstrate compliance with the duty of care;
  • signpost other legislative requirements that apply to the management of waste and must be complied with alongside the duty of care in particular circumstances; and
  • publish in a format that meets the needs of the user.

More information and link to the online survey can be found under consult.defra.gov.uk .

Source: UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)