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Giveaway or Sell

Charity and nearly new shops, jumble sales and community schemes are good places to donate or sell second hand clothes, toys and furniture.

Your Responsibilities

Duty of Care

All businesses, however large or small, have a Duty of Care under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) to take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe and arrange for its legal disposal.

The Duty of Care applies to waste, of any nature, associated with your business. It could come from your business premises, a work place or even a residential property. Commercial waste collections are not covered by Business Rates.

It is an offence to take commercial waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (unless it is accepted at that particular site), to take it home for collection as household waste or to fly-tip waste.

All businesses must keep waste transfer notes which detail what has happened to their waste and the type of waste it is. A copy of a waste transfer note must be kept for two years.

For more information, visit:

Environment Agency - Duty of care


NetRegs - Duty of care


Pre-treatment of waste

If your business sends their waste to landfill, then your waste must be pre-treated.

To comply with the landfill regulations, you must check with your waste contractor whether the waste they collect from you is sent to landfill. If your waste does go to landfill you will need to ensure that it is 'pre- treated' beforehand.

The easiest way to ensure pre-treatment is to separate one or more of your waste streams for recycling. Or, you could ask a waste management company to sort your waste on your behalf at a transfer station prior to disposal.

More information can be found at the Environment Agency website

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