New Guidance from Defra on Applying the Waste Hierarchy

DEFRA have issued guidance on applying the Waste Hierarchy as many businesses are unaware of how significantly waste costs can impact on their bottom line that it makes sense for businesses to adopt the waste hierarchy based on growing demand for materials worldwide and  raising production input costs.

This guidance has been written for any business or public body which generates, handles or treats waste and sets out:

  • what the waste hierarchy is (Section 1);
  • how it works for a range of common materials and products (Section 2);
  • what businesses and public bodies need to do (Section 3)
  • key questions and ideas for dealing with waste in line with the hierarchy
    (Section 4).

One important requirement is that a declaration must be added to your Duty of Care Waste Transfer Notes and Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes confirming that you have complied with this duty, for example: ‘I confirm that I have fulfilled my duty to apply the waste hierarchy as required by regulation 12 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.”

The guidance can be obtained from:

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