Living and working in a clean and pleasant place can make us feel better about ourselves and the area in which we live. Successfully tackling litter, fly tipping, graffiti and other local environmental problems can have benefits for not only your business, by improving the quality of your surrounding area and the wellbeing of your employees, but can attract investment, leading to economic regeneration.
All businesses have certain responsibilities when it comes to their local environment. This covers problems including litter, graffiti, fly tipping and waste.
Any litter related to your business activities must be regularly cleared from nearby land. Consistent problems of this nature can led to the council issuing a Community Protection Notice.
While the council is responsible for cleaning graffiti from public property, if the graffiti occurs on privately owned buildings or property, such as bus shelters or telephone boxes, it is the responsibility of the company that owns these to clean it up.
Your business has a responsibility to dispose of its waste properly. This means either having the waste collected by a registered waste carrier or taking your own waste to a licensed disposal site.
You also have a duty to clear waste fly tipped on your land.
All businesses produce waste, whether this is a few sheets of scrap paper to several skip loads a week. When you create waste, you have a duty of care to ensure the waste is kept safe, stored appropriately and disposed of properly.
The duty of care applies to all businesses, regardless of size. Further information on your duty of care can be found on the Environment Agency website.
The council no longer provides a commercial waste service. Businesses can contact any licensed waste service provider to set up a collection contract.
Duty of care dos and don'ts
|Arrange a waste/recycling agreement with an authorised waste management company or individual||Don't dispose of any waste at an unauthorised waste management site. This includes the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road, which is only licensed to accept household waste|
|Provide a full, clear written description of the waste||Don't transfer your waste to someone who may not be authorised, such as a 'man in a van' working for cash.|
|Make sure your property is properly stored||Don't use a council-run Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip) for your business waste. Even if you are recycling the correct items, you will not be completing the required paperwork and the act of leaving commercial waste there will be a criminal offence.|
|Keep all paperwork for at least two years||Don't take your commercial waste home and put it out with your household bins.|
|Notify the authorities if you are suspicious about a waste disposal arrangement||Don't think this law doesn't apply to you because you are too small. This law applies to all producers of commercial and industrial waste|