Don’t be nasty with your waste
20 August 2014 by Rida Daher
As per the article recently published in the August issue of business network magazine, the importance of dealing with business waste is now a serious issue which can potentially incur fines. Under the duty of care legislation, businesses have the duty to responsibly handle their waste through licensed operators under controlled and most importantly documented processes. This is done through a Waste Transfer Note (WTN) system.
This system guarantees that the process of transferring waste from one business to another is documented and signed by both parties and is now enforced by law to ensure legal compliance. If the information included is insufficient then parties involved can be prosecuted. Also copies of this documentation must be kept in record for a minimum of 2 years, as parties must be able to produce them on demand, failure to do so will result in a fine.
To make this process easier, the Environment Agency produced a template WTN which is being used by many operators. The document must include specific information related to the description of the waste and any processing it has been through, its quantity, place and date of transfer, name and address details of permit, the right European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code for the waste and finally the standard Industry Code (SIC) of the business producing the waste.
Driven by the requirements of the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD), a smoother electronic Duty of Care (EDOC) system has also been launched online to facilitate the waste transfer process. The online system enables businesses to access, record and also track their waste.
So definitely keep an eye on your waste and make sure you comply with your obligations as a responsible business.