Fife Council Environmental Health know that you are concerned about disposing of your waste. Your waste contractor is still responsible for collecting your waste, timeously and responsibly. Their Business Continuity Plans will continue to ensure your recycled waste is uplifted, but the COVID-19 pandemic may affect this.
Talk to your waste contractor as soon as you can. Tell them immediately if there are any changes that you need to make, i.e. check for alternate service provision given current system, missed uplifts etc.
If you are going to temporarily close your business, you MUST make sure your commercial waste is disposed of. Empty waste containers must be locked and/or stored in a secure area to stop anyone using them while you are away. You must also tell your waste contractor that you are temporarily closing.
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 state you must take ‘reasonable steps to promote high quality recycling’. Despite the current pandemic, these regulations remain unchanged see below:
- You cannot mix dry recyclables with any waste which cannot be recycled, nor with any waste which would significantly reduce the quality of the material.
- You cannot mix dry recyclables like paper and plastic with residual waste or ‘wet waste’ (such as food).
- Plastics and metals must be cleaned so that they can be recycled. This is considered to be ‘a reasonable step’.
If you can’t do any of the above because of the current pandemic, you must ensure that you store, transfer, transport and dispose of your waste without harming the environment.
How to reduce your volume of waste
- Cans, plastics and cardboard
Plastics, cans and cardboard boxes should be crushed to make them smaller.
- Food waste
If you produce more than five kilograms of food waste per week you have a legal duty to ensure it is collected separately from other waste.
How to dispose of your waste cooking oil
Waste oils produced by you are covered by The Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006. This applies to storage, transport, recovery and disposal. Like all waste, it must be collected by a registered waste carrier.
You must make sure your waste oil storage is robust and stable so that it won’t cause pollution. Legally containers should be vandal-proof, stable and safe from flood risk - never pour oil down a drain, sink or into the ground.
Recommendations for management of the above
If you do not have one, create a Waste Management Folder, this should contain:
- details of your waste contractor and uplift days for all waste
- training details including induction pack for new staff
- Waste Transfer Notes (WTN’s)
You need to have a system to internally separate your waste and to make sure all bins are clearly labelled. Internal separation helps minimise contamination of external containers - your waste contractor may refuse to collect contaminated waste.
Further information regarding Waste Duty of Care can be found at this link
Should you have any further questions, our staff will be available to discuss via this email address - DutyOfCare.firstname.lastname@example.org
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