You would be surprised by the number of organisations failing to comply with the laws about waste disposal – the requirement for Waste Transfer Notes (WTNs) duty of care notes being one area that many are unaware of.
Waste Transfer Duty Of Care Notes
An organisation that produces waste has a legal duty of care to ensure it is disposed of lawfully. This means that you must only ever use licensed waste carriers to remove waste and the company must provide you with a WTN for every waste collection they undertake on your behalf. WTNs vary in design, but they always must contain at least the following pieces:
· A description of the waste
· European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes for the waste
· How the waste has been contained
· The names and addresses of both parties (that is you and the waste carrier)
· The place, date and time of the transfer
· The quantity of waste
· Waste carrier license number
Were you to take the risky step of employing an unlicensed carrier to clear away waste, or if you were unable to produce a Waste Transfer Note when asked to by the authorities and the waste were fly-tipped, you may be criminally prosecuted.
Why Do Waste Transfer Notes Matter?
As well as preventing fines and prosecution, one of the main benefits of a properly completed WTN is to identify ways to cut costs and improve recycling rates. The WTN provides useful information such as the weight, volume and make-up of the collected waste. For companies, comparing Waste Transfer Notes to waste disposal invoices helps you calculate the average disposal cost. Looking at the material data will highlight if you could segregate waste streams into separate collections to cut costs.
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