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Household duty of care for waste

Occasionally, householders may need to use a private contractor to remove household, garden or construction waste. To avoid such waste being illegally fly tipped, the Household Waste Duty of Care Regulations 2005 were introduced.

Under these regulations, householders have a legal duty to take reasonable measures to ensure that household waste produced on their property is passed on to a person authorised to accept waste.

A householder could be fined up to £5,000 if they pass their waste to an authorised person and this waste is then illegally dumped.

The household duty of care regulations are not there to scare people but merely to serve as a tool in the constant battle to eliminate fly tipping and environmental crime.

Steps to take to fulfill the householder's duty of care

If you are a householder, you are required to take reasonable steps to check that people removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so.

Reasonable steps to take:

  • ask to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency. Anyone removing waste from your property must have a waste carrier licence.
  • contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant waste carrier validation check. Alternatively, you can check online.
  • ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full address, telephone number and vehicle registration.

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