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Reminder to local businesses about waste disposal responsibilities

by Nicola Appleton

In the lead up to the Halloween and Bonfire period, local businesses in Knowsley are reminded to Stop. Think Do the right thing and be aware of waste disposal regulations.

Businesses have a legal duty to handle their waste safely and responsibly

As local business owners will know, they have a duty to ensure that any waste is handled safely and within the law. If your business transfers waste, it needs a waste carrier licence from the Environment Agency. All businesses must make sure their waste is handled safely and within the law – for example, they must not allow their waste to be illegally fly-tipped.

In addition, business owners are reminded to stay vigilant and ensure that members of the public don’t take waste, particularly waste that can be used for bonfires, from their premises. You must check that anyone that you pass your waste on to is authorised to take it by checking their waste carriers licence and that they will deal with your waste lawfully. If you don’t make reasonable checks, you could face formal action including prosecution for failing to make sure they are authorised.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:

“Knowsley is already facing great challenges as we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, the majority of business owners are incredibly conscientious and diligent however, we urge all businesses to help support us in maintaining the safety and welfare of our residents and communities as we approach the Halloween and Bonfire period. Please remain vigilant and if you wish to report any possible breaches please contact our Environmental Health Team.”

Fly-tipping hotspots are being actively monitored

As the safety of Knowsley residents is a top priority, Environmental Health Officers will have an increased presence in the borough over the coming weeks to monitor fly-tipping hotspots.

It’s suggested that businesses remind themselves of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990, specifically section 33 and 34.  In short, businesses should have a waste contract, avoid handing waste to others unless they are sure they are authorised to take it, and avoid leaving waste outside the business premises for others to clear-up.

Knowsley Council has also produced the Business Waste Handbook which offers help and guidance to businesses in Knowsley to manage their waste and save money.

Contact Environmental Health

If you have any concerns or questions please email Environmental.Health@knowsley.gov.uk