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Reminder to local businesses about waste disposal responsibilities

by Gemma Melling

In the lead up to the bonfire period, local businesses in Knowsley are being reminded of waste disposal regulations and asked to remain vigilant during this time.

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 and is going to deal with it lawfully. If you don’t make reasonable checks you could be held responsible if something goes wrong.

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.

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.