Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Your local council may offer collection and recycling services for some business waste. There are also many private waste contractors that offer this service. You can find a waste contractor near you by using the NetRegs waste directory.
Materials that you intend to recycle or recover are still likely to be classified as waste. You must ensure that you comply with your waste responsibilities.
The Duty of Care affects all businesses. You must make sure:
Some materials and equipment that you can recycle may be classified as hazardous/special waste. For example some waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) must be segregated from other WEEE. For example:
Carefully segregate clinical waste from any waste that you are going to recycle. Clinical waste requires specialist treatment and disposal. You should not mix it with waste for recycling.
Identify the types of waste that your business produces. Consider how you can keep this waste to a minimum and what can be recycled. Encourage your staff to contribute ideas.
You may be able to get your waste catering oils reprocessed into biofuels such as biodiesel.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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