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Duty of Care Household Waste

Medway Council is committed to keeping its area Clean, Green and Safe. Every year, we receive hundreds of calls regarding fly-tipping that has taken place across the towns.

Residents and businesses have a duty of care for their waste, this includes arranging for the safe removal, transportation and disposal of their waste, under section 34 Environmental Protection Act 1990.

As a producer of waste you are required to take reasonable steps to check that companies or individuals removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so.

Reasonable steps to take:

·         Ask to see their waste carrier license issued by the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales.

·         Ask where the waste will be taken for disposal

·         Ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number.

·         Ensure that the waste carrier provides you with a transfer note detailing what has been removed, the date of removal and their details.

.         Do not use an unregistered waste carrier.

If in doubt, check it out: Contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website.

The duty of care regulations are an extra weapon in the armoury to eliminate fly-tippers and reduce fly-tipping. They are all about householders working with their council to combat the blight of fly-tipping and make sure rubbish is dealt with properly and responsibly.

Medway Council provides a bulky waste collection service with standard collections starting from as little as £20. Please follow the link to find out more about bulky collections and recycling options.

You can also take unwanted household items to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centre’s.

Failing in your duty of care could lead to a prosecution where, if proven, could result in a fine up to an unlimited amount being awarded.