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New Code: Environment Agency updates England and Wales Code regarding the duty of care for businesses producing waste

Businesses in England and Wales producing waste of any kind will welcome an updated version of the Environment Agency's Code of Practice on how to discharge their legal duty of care in relation to waste.

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This update was published in Legal Alert - May 2016

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The updated Code, Waste duty of care code of practice, deals with developments since the original Code was published in 1996, including use of electronic communications.

The Code applies to businesses (and others) who produce, carry, keep, dispose of, treat, import or have control of waste in England or Wales. 'Waste' includes commercial, industrial and household waste. Such businesses are required by law to keep their waste safe, and to make sure it is dealt with responsibly and only given to businesses authorised to take it.

If a business can show it has followed the Code, this helps it rebut any allegations that it has failed to discharge its duty of care in relation to waste, and avoid significant penalties that can be imposed for breach.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own separate Codes.

Operative date

  • Now


  • Download the new Code from the GOV.UK website.

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