You are responsible for making sure any hazardous waste (also known as ‘special waste’ in Scotland) produced by your business doesn’t cause any harm or damage. This responsibility is known as your ‘duty of care’.
Waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. Examples of hazardous waste include:
- chemicals - eg, brake fluid or print toner
- oils (except edible ones) - eg, car oil
- equipment containing ozone depleting substances - eg, fridges
- hazardous waste containers
Your duty of care lasts from when you produce the hazardous waste until it’s given to an authorised business to deal with.
Check if your waste is hazardous
England and Wales
The Environment Agency can help you check if your waste is hazardous.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency can help you check if your waste is hazardous.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency can help you check if your waste is hazardous.