Duty of Care campaign backed by waste companies

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The ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign aims to help small businesses understand their duty of care

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) are leading a campaign targeted at small businesses, helping them to understand and acknowledge their Duty of Care responsibilities and so far, the campaign is being backed by numerous companies within the waste sector.

In April 2016, the ESA launched the ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign – which will provide useful information to family businesses, companies, sole traders and partnerships, on how to adhere to waste legislation and how to deal with waste crime.

The following companies have all signed up and have agreed to become ambassadors for the campaign to help raise Duty of Care awareness between their 5,000 suppliers; Augean PLC, Corey Environmental, Suez, Veolia, the house building company Redrow, the independent construction and property services company Willmott Dixon, the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

According to the campaign, approximately 56% of businesses do not adhere to the law regarding how waste should be produced, transported, discarded and treated. The campaign also suggests that 94% of these businesses are small to medium-sized companies.

The campaign mainly centres around an interactive website that informs small and medium-sized businesses where their waste should go to. Various easy-to-follow sections on the site enable companies to read about the following information:

What is Duty of Care?

What do I need to do?

How do I do it?

The ESA campaign – ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ – has received £95,000 via the Environment Agency (EA), from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), to help in the development of phase one of the campaign, which included the new informative website.

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