Pakawaste’s Gateway Legislation provides free advice for businesses in the UK who are looking to ensure they comply with environmental legislation.

Did you know that as a business owner, you are legally required to ensure that waste is stored, transported and disposed of in a safe way?

Our Gateway Legislation Advice aims to help you understand your obligations regarding waste management, recycling and how your business can help protect the environment. The contents are sourced from government environmental agencies, such as NetRegs, and are for your guidance only.

Remember: Pakawaste can only advise, compliance with the law remains your responsibility.

The Gov UK website states that businesses must:

  • Reduce waste wherever possible and take action to ‘prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste (in that order).’ This includes every area of waste in your business, from food waste and litter to paper shredding and packaging disposal.
  • Provide adequate storage for any waste, which has been arranged and sorted in line with regulations. This area must also be safe and secure.
  • Fill out waste transfer notes for every load of waste that leaves the premises. You will need to complete a season ticket if there are multiple loads being disposed of.
  • Choose a registered waste management company, like Pakawaste!
  • Check that your waste carrier doesn’t dispose of waste illegally, which Pakawaste never do!
  • If you are working with hazardous materials, there are additional regulations which must be followed to keep you, your employees and everyone else that visits your site safe.

If you don’t follow regulations when it comes to waste, you could face costly penalties or even legal prosecution. Can your business really afford it?

Some other things to remember:

  • Waste should only be handled by people are authorised and licenced to do so. Pakawaste has an extensive list of qualifications, including being a CIWM Affiliated Organisation 2020, Safe Contractor Approved, and certified in ISO 9001, ISO 14001 AND OHSAS 18001.
  • All waste records should be kept for a minimum of two years. This ensures that if there is a dispute, you have evidence to back up your claim.

If you are anyway unsure of your legal obligation, please contact Pakawaste. We can offer a FREE, no obligation waste management review, site survey and advice on matters of environmental legislation compliance.

We may even help to save you money by showing you ways to use your resources more efficiently.

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTE: Our Gateway Legislation contains simplified guidance based on complex and changing legislation and does not constitute legal advice. Whilst we endeavour to keep it up to date, we cannot be held liable for errors and omissions; compliance with the law remains the user’s responsibility. If you have concerns over compliance, you must seek professional advice, or contact your regulator or local authority.