Householder Duty of Care

Householders must ensure that household waste is properly disposed of. The householder duty of care is provided by Section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (inserted by the Household Waste Duty of Care Regulations 2005). A breach of the household duty of care would also attract an unlimited fine if convicted.


Steps you should take to fulfil your duty of care

If you have waste:


  • ensure that the person who takes control of your waste is licensed to do so
  • take steps to prevent it from leaving your control
  • store it safely and securely
  • prevent it from causing environmental pollution or harming anyone
  • describe the waste in writing and prepare a transfer note if you intend to pass the waste on to someone else

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