Anyone who handles waste must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the waste is managed properly.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 everyone who produces, imports, keeps, stores, transports, treats or disposes of waste must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the waste is managed properly.
If you're operating a waste carrier business you'll need a licence from the Environment Agency.
A breach of the duty of care could lead to a penalty of up to £5000 if convicted in the Magistrates court or an unlimited fine if convicted in the Crown Court.
Duty of care regulations apply to commercial premises/businesses, householders, and those who transport waste. Since the (Household Waste) Duty of Care Regulations 2005 all householders must ensure that household waste is properly disposed of.
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Report someone who may not have a licence to carry waste:
Before you begin
You should always check that anyone removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so. Ask them for their full address and telephone number, ask to see their waste carriers licence and record the details of it (issued by the Environment Agency - call 08708 506 506 to check with them), and ensure they give you an invoice describing what waste they took from you.
If you don't, and your waste ends up being fly tipped you could be charged with a duty of care offence.