Householders duty of care

What is the household duty of care?

The Waste (Household Waste) Duty of Care (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 introduced a new duty on householders on 21 November 2005. Under this duty, householders are required to take reasonable measures to ensure that household waste produced on their property is passed on to an authorised person. There is not a requirement for the householder to complete and retain a written description of the waste (the 'transfer' note).

This should lead to better waste management and help to reduce illegal waste activity such as fly-tipping.

The household duty of care regulations are not there to 'scare people'. The regulations are an extra weapon in the armoury to eliminate fly-tipping. They are all about householders, working with their council to combat the blight of fly-tipping and make sure rubbish is dealt with properly and responsibly.

Every year, councils spend millions of pounds clearing up household rubbish that is dumped by people posing as legitimate waste carriers.

If we cut the waste available to the fly-tippers, we cut out their business.

All household waste can be disposed of at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre free of charge.

We will also come and pick up your bulkier waste

What are considered to be 'reasonable measures' to comply with the duty of care?

It will be up to the courts to decide what constitutes reasonable measures, although householders are encouraged to make a simply check with the Environment Agency in order to ascertain if the person that they are passing their waste to is a registered waste carrier.

What are the penalties for non-compliance with the household duty of care?

If fly-tipped waste is traced back to a particular household, the householders could be fined up to £5000.

How do I get rid of my bulky waste?

Please see the bulky waste collection pages for more information.

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