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Warning for businesses to be aware of hazardous waste regulations

Businesses are being urged to know the facts on new hazardous waste regulations before they come into force in July.

Both the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the waste industry are advising businesses to check the facts and be prepared for how the legislation might impact on their business.

Local Environmental Quality minister Ben Bradshaw said: "It is essential that businesses act now. With many businesses finding themselves hazardous waste producers for the first time, the full implications of the new controls may not be yet fully appreciated."

He added that tailored advice is available from the Environment Agency and from waste contractors.

The new regulations will affect items containing a chemical content such as computer monitors, televisions and fluorescent tubes. These join items already considered hazardous such as asbestos, waste oils and industrial chemicals.

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