More than half of UK businesses fail to comply with waste law

The waste industry has joined together to raise awareness of businesses’ obligation to ensure their waste is disposed of responsibly after research showed that more than half (56%) of UK firms are in breach of the law.

Duty of care legislation has been in place since 1990 and covers anyone dealing with waste including producers, carriers, dealers and brokers. The environment department (Defra) published a revision of the waste duty of care last month, incorporating changes to legal requirements since the previous version.

The waste industry’s right waste, right place campaign is particularly targeted at SMEs. A survey by waste company Suez found that 94% of non-compliant organisations were SMEs. The waste industry says that lack of compliance has fuelled waste crime, particularly fly tipping. 

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