Domestic and Hazardous Waste:
Its important to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
|The cost of providing
and operating landfill sites is high and increasing rapidly. Incineration,
the main alternative, is also expanding and is a very unpopular practice
especially with communities near to an incinerator.
Additionally, both landfill and incineration cause pollution so it's vital that we reduce unnecessary consumption, reuse wherever possible and increase the proportion of waste that is recycled significantly. As an added incentive to recycle, charities may benefit (See picture below).
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA90) placed a responsibility or "Duty of Care" on individuals who deal with waste. Householders were largely excluded then, but in 2005 new Hazardous Waste Regulations were introduced for England and Wales and in November 2005 a Duty of Care was placed on householders. For more detail on the regulations and duties see the links further down this page.
For "Domestic Recycling" or "Hazardous Waste" use the
menu on the left.
Click on the pictures for an enlarged view
|The UK compares badly with Europe in terms of the percentage of domestic waste that is recycled. However, The UK edged upwards in the European Union recycling league table during 2010 despite sending a large proportion of its waste to landfill, according to the latest European waste statistics, published by the EU statistical body Eurostat.||
|Nevertheless, The Environment Agency developed aims to manage and improve the environment.|
what SITA stands for? We have asked men working for the company,
even those wearing the T-shirt and they didn't know.
Anyway, it is Societe Industrielle de Transports Automobiles (Industrial Company for Automobile Transport).
|The two links provided below are to government department information web pages. Our experience is that government departments are prone to change their URLs without notification and without providing an alternative forwarding link. If you find the links are broken we would appreciate it if you could let us know.|
|Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 are expressed in Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 894. We venture to say that these regulations are not aimed at the 'lay' person and certainly do not make light reading. However, if you have responsibilities within an organisation which produces waste or if you are otherwise professionally involved with carrying, disposing of or treating waste which might fall into the class of hazardous waste then consider them essential reading.|
|The Environment Agency gives advice on Duty of Care and about giving your waste to other people. Their site also gives a lot of useful information on waste, hazardous waste, your waste responsibilities, legal aspects etc.|
Householders are not subject to the hazardous waste regulations (see above) for the movement of hazardous waste from domestic premises to a central collection point with the exception of asbestos. However, this apparent exemption is a fine point because since the 21st of November 2005 householders have to comply with a Duty of Care which confers specific responsibilities. These responsibilities are outlined below.
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Originated: 26 November, 2001, Updated: 7 May, 2013