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Industry consulted on Duty of Care

Defra and Natural Resources Wales are asking the waste industry to submit their views on a revised Duty of Care code of practice.

A sector-wide consultation has opened calling for reviews into the clarity of the revised code that will reflect legislative changes introduced since the publication of the latest version of the document in 1996.

The original code was set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and applies to anyone who is a holder of household, industrial and commercial waste in England and Wales.

This consultation will run for eight weeks from 27 July to 21 September 2015.

In a briefing document, Defra states that the purpose of the Duty of Care requirements is to ensure that waste is dealt with responsibly and described and treated correctly.

Waste crime has been estimated by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust to cost the UK economy £568m a year.

The Scottish Government last updated its Duty of Care code in October 2012, and a spokesperson said: “There are currently no plans for any further revisions of the code.”

In May, waste operators were asked to submit their views on how the regulators should tackle crime in the sector.

Although the industry largely welcomed the proposals, there was some concern over the financial implications for operators.

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