Duty of Care

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 & The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 place a “Duty of Care” on anyone who produces, collects, treats and disposes of waste. This includes feminine hygiene, clinical, sharps, medicines, dental wastes, confidential waste or other waste to be recycled (e.g. cans, paper, bottles, toner cartridges)

  • To prevent any other persons committing the offences of depositing, disposing of or recovering controlled waste without a waste management license.
  • To prevent escape of waste, that is to contain it.
  • Waste that is transferred only goes to authorized persons
  • When waste is transferred, correct documentation describes the waste and other relevant details (i.e. a Duty of Care Waste Transfer Note)

If you break the law you could be fined an unlimited amount. In accordance with the 1990 Act/1997 Order, The Government have produced statutory Codes of Practice which gives more detail on Duty of Care and Guidance on how to comply. The main principles of duty of care are about documenting the transfer of waste and checking up on anyone you transfer waste to (e.g. if they are a registered carrier of waste, if they are taking waste to suitably licensed/permitted sites). You should only use a Contractor who can provide proof of compliance with the legislation.

Crystalcare Washrooms are authorised to take your waste by being Registered Carriers of Waste under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 and The Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991. Our registered number is EAN/937390.

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