Council recycling chiefs have called for a national awareness campaign of the controlled waste management duties in Northern Ireland.
A consultation on a proposed revised code of practice for meeting duties of care in waste management in the country closed yesterday (27 February).
The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee said in its submission that the revised code would provide greater clarity for those subject to the duty of care.
But it added that the code would benefit from clear examples of best practice and greater general awareness.
A LARAC statement on its submission said: “Awareness of the ‘duty of care’ needs to be raised overall - particularly within the business community and householders. We feel that this could be best achieved via an intensitive national campaign.”
Northern Ireland’s Department of the Environment published a consultation paper at the end of November on a revised waste management duty of care code of practice.
The duty of care applies to anyone who imports, produces, collects, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste, or who, as a broker or dealer, has control of such waste.