Changes to waste definitions affect duty of care

At least two important changes have been made at the last ditch to regulations defining what is to be treated as "controlled" waste under Britain's waste management system.1 Both are intended to provide certain businesses which have failed either to obtain a waste disposal licence or register as waste carriers a period of grace before they are liable to prosecution under the new "duty of care."

The regulations apply throughout Britain, and took effect on 1 April. They prescribe what kinds of waste are to be treated as household, industrial or commercial waste for various purposes. These include the duty of care regime and the associated registration scheme for waste carriers, both of which came into force on or before 1 April. They also include the revised waste collection, recycling and disposal powers and duties of local authoritie

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