Chatha Hygiene Ltd has built a long lasting relationship with both our Clients and our Suppliers to help them meet the demands and growing concerns towards the environment, complying with all changes in legislation for Hygiene and washroom services. As a licensed waste carrier you can have a total piece of mind that all Waste is correctly disposed of in the right and adequate manner, which meets your requirements and obligations under the “Environmental Protection Act”. The disposal of all sanitary waste is a requirement of modern living and is important to be carried out responsibly.

Over two billion items of sanitary products are flushed down toilets in Britain every year, 7.2 % of waste on beaches is sanitary related debris. All of our waste gets incinerated, helping any possible environmental issues in the future which may be associated with land – fill or simply dumping at sea.

Chatha Hygiene is always looking at new ways and methods to help the environment. We work with our Suppliers by using all eco – friendly products whenever possible providing commitment to a safer and much greener future. All waste collected from our Clients premises are transported straight to our licensed incineration plants, minimising the risks of cross contamination through the handling and storage. By using Chatha Hygiene Water Management Systems help to reduce water consumption by up to 90%.

The water management system is incorporated into the water supply to the urinal cistern and controls flush frequency by only allowing flushing when the user is detected by the sensor on the unit. (For more information please contact our sales team or e mail us.)

KEY MESSAGE GIVEN BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY

The Government wants to ensure that producers of waste take responsibility for ensuring their waste is managed without harm to human health or to the environment.

An effective duty of care and waste carrier/broker regime (waste controls) can help to ensure waste is dealt with properly leading to a reduction in waste crime and fly-tipping.

The household duty of care regulations are not there to "scare people". The regulations are an extra weapon in the armoury to eliminate fly-tipping. They are all about householders working with their council to combat the blight of fly-tipping and make sure rubbish is dealt with properly and responsibly.

Every year councils spend millions of pounds clearing up household rubbish that is dumped by people posing as legitimate waste carriers.

Councils are not intending to go around fining people – the idea is to encourage them to think carefully about who they give their waste to, and not to simply choose the cheapest option.

If we cut out the waste available to the fly-tippers, we cut out their business.

Do not forget that all household waste can be disposed of at your local tip free of charge. Many local authorities will come and pick up bulkier waste (free or for a small charge).

2. What is the duty of care?

The Duty of Care is set out in section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and associated regulations. It applies to anyone who is the holder of controlled waste.

Persons concerned with controlled waste must ensure that the waste is managed properly, recovered or disposed of safely, does not cause harm to human health or pollution of the environment and is only transferred to someone who is authorised to receive it. The duty applies to any person who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste or as a broker has control of such waste.

3. What are the penalties under the duty of care?

Breach of the Duty of Care is an offence, with a penalty of up to £5000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment.

4. What information are businesses required to keep?

Under the Duty of Care Regulations 1991 (the 1991 Regulations), parties transferring waste are required to complete and retain a 'transfer note', containing a written description of that waste. Defra has provided statutory guidance on the completion of the duty of care transfer note in Waste management, the duty of care: a code of practice.

The 1991 Regulations now require waste to be described on the transfer note by reference to the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) and its appropriate code number. These amendments to the 1991 regulations were brought in to meet the landfill Directive’s requirements on monitoring the acceptance and treatment of waste, and will also help to fulfill the UK’s obligation to implement the EWC.

5. What is the household duty of care?

The Waste (Household Waste) Duty of Care (England & Wales) Regulations 2005 introduced a new duty on householders on 21 November 2005. Under this duty, householders are required to take reasonable measures to ensure that household waste produced on their property is passed on to an authorised person. There is not a requirement for the householder to complete and retain a written description of the waste (the ‘transfer note).

This should lead to better waste management and help to reduce illegal waste activity such as fly-tipping.

6. What are considered to be "reasonable measures" to comply with the duty of care?

It will be up to the courts to decide what constitutes reasonable measures, although householders are encouraged to make a simple check with the Environment Agency in order to ascertain if the person that they are passing their waste to is a registered waste carrier.

7. What are the penalties for non-compliance with the household duty of care?

If fly-tipped waste is traced back to a particular household, the householders could be fined up to £5000.

However, the ultimate aim is not to fine people, but to ensure that they use registered waste carriers.

8. How do I get rid of my bulky waste?

Many councils offer a collection service (free or for a small charge) to come and collect your bulkier waste.

Otherwise, householders are encouraged to use a registered waste carrier, which can find through the Environment Agency hotline or website as above.

9. Who is allowed to carry waste?

The Waste Framework Directive requires that establishments and undertakings who collect or transport waste on a professional basis or which arrange for the disposal or recovery of waste (dealers or brokers) to be registered. This is implemented in domestic legislation by the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989. Persons who carry waste as part of their business are required to be registered with the Environment Agency.

Persons authorised to carry waste for the purposes of the duty of care also include:

 

  1.  A waste collection authority
  2.  Any person who is the holder of a waste management licence
  3.  Any person that section 33(1) EPA 1990 doesn’t apply to by virtue of the Waste Management Licensing  Regulations 1994  issued under section 33(3)
  4.  Any person who is not required to be registered as a waste carrier
  5.  A waste disposal authority in Scotland

 

These responses informed a second consultation which was launched on 13 June 2008 and ended on 17 September 2008. This second consultation included new draft regulations and an impact assessment of the costs and benefits to government and business.

Following the results of this consultation, it is planned that new regulations will come into force in October 2009.

15. Why are the controls on waste being reviewed?

The review has been set up in response to suggestions by key industry stakeholders that the system is not working effectively for them and from the Regulator that the regime is not effectively delivering the policy objectives of ensuring waste is safely and legally transferred.

The review will result in the update of the duty of care and waste carrier regimes, including existing regulations & related guidance with a view to simplifying the regulation to the end user. Development of policy with key stakeholders and broader consultation will culminate in a set of consolidated amendment Regulations.

16. How will the review help businesses and enforcers?

The Government intends to reduce admin burdens and improve consistency between enforcement bodies. The review should also modernise the regulation in accordance with better regulation principles, introducing a risk based approach, applying an appropriate level of regulation at appropriate levels within the system..

17. What is the objective of the review?

This work should make a significant contribution to preventing illegal waste activities and make savings for regulators by promoting compliance amongst waste producers. It should enable the regulators to use the duty of care and waste carrier regimes as a useful tool in the investigation of other environmental crime, e.g. illegal waste activities, or fly tipping.