Government to consider fining households for duty of care waste offences

Farmers would welcome a tougher stance from DEFRA on household waste, but the waste industry says the move is unnecessary

Unsuspecting farmers in the West Midlands have been left with bales of landfill waste dumped on their land. Photograph: Environment AgencyDEFRA has said it is “carefully looking” at charging households fixed penalty notices if they do not ensure their waste is collected by a licensed operator.

Current duty of care rules apply to anyone “who imports, produces, carries, keeps, treats, disposes of, or are a dealer or broker that has control of, controlled waste”. This usually means waste companies and businesses that produce waste such as building firms.

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