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Albion’s ABC’s of Waste Management – D

Duty of Care

As a business, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that you produce, store, transport and dispose of your business waste without harming the environment. This is called your Duty of Care.

Your Duty of Care has no time limit and you are specifically responsible for your waste from when you produce it until you have transferred it to an authorised person. It also extends across the entire management chain of your waste. You must:

  • Segregate, store and transport your waste appropriately and securely, making sure that you do not cause any pollution or harm to human health.
  • Check that your waste is transported and handled by people or businesses that are authorised to do so.
  • Complete waste transfer notes, including a full, accurate description of the waste, to document all waste you transfer, and keep them as a record for at least two years.

How can Albion Environmental help your business?

  • Classify your waste in accordance with WM3 guidance to enable an accurate description and European Waste Catalogue code to be applied.
  • Sample waste soils, aggregates and fines to enable them to be classified, stored and handled appropriately.
  • Undertake waste audits and process reviews to ensure your waste is being managed in accordance with your Duty of Care obligations.
  • Aid in the development of a waste and resource management plan for your business or site to help minimise waste volumes and maximise the reuse and recycling of resources. 

For further information about the Duty of Care Regulations and how Albion can help please do not hesitate to contact

Bespoke Soil Classification and Disposal Options Training Course

Soil waste classification and management is a subject that is often not covered within traditional Phase 2 Site Investigation reports.

This can leave those dealing with waste soils (e.g. developers and groundworks contractors) exposed to unknown costs for waste soil disposal and non-compliance with Duty of Care Regulations.

Following discussions with our clients operating within the Construction Industry we have developed a bespoke ½ day course covering the following topics:

  • Summary of key legislation and guidance with regard to the disposal of waste soil and stones
  • Definition of waste in the context of soil and stones
  • Interpretation of site investigation reports – identifying the key issues with regard to soil waste classification
  • Applying the waste hierarchy in the context of soil and stones
  • Soil disposal/reuse options and criteria that need to be met for each option
  • Waste Management Licence Exemptions
  • Waste Acceptance Criteria interpretation
  • Scottish Landfill Tax and the Material Qualifying Order

The course will benefit Quantity Surveyors, Contracts Managers, Technical Managers and Site Managers.

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