It is surprising how many organisations fail to comply with the laws governing waste disposal – the requirement for a Waste Transfer Note (WTN) being one area that consumers do not seem aware of.
Waste Transfer Duty of Care Notes
Any organisation producing waste has a legal duty of care to make sure that it is disposed of lawfully. This means that you should only ever use a licensed waste carriers to remove waste and the company should provide you with a WTN for each and every collection. WTN vary in design, but always must contain at least the following pieces of information:
- A description of the waste
- How the waste has been contained
- The quantity of waste
- The place, date and time of the transfer
- The names and addresses of both parties (that is you and the waste carrier)
- Waste carrier license number
- European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes for the waste
Were you to take a risk, and employ an unlicensed carrier to clear your waste, or if you were unable on demand to produce a Waste Transfer Note and the waste gets fly-tipped, you risk criminal prosecution.
Why Do Waste Transfer Notes Matter?
As well as avoiding fines and prosecution, one of the benefits of a properly completed WTN is to identify opportunities to cut costs and improve your recycling rates. The Waste Transfer Note provides useful information like the weight, volume and make-up of the waste. For companies, by comparing Waste Transfer Notes to waste disposal invoices, you can calculate the average disposal cost. Looking at material data will highlight whether you could segregate waste streams for separate collection to reduce costs.
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