Statutory guidance

Waste duty of care code of practice

This code provides practical guidance on how to meet your waste duty of care requirements in England and Wales.



The Code of Practice applies to you if you produce, carry, keep, dispose of, treat, import or have control of waste in England or Wales.

The law requires anyone dealing with waste to keep it safe, make sure it’s dealt with responsibly and only given to businesses authorised to take it.

If you’re authorised or registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland but you store, transport or transfer waste in England or Wales, you should also take account of this code.

This code is issued under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Published 11 March 2016
Last updated 26 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the updated code of practice.

  2. Removed the duplicate html publication labelled 'read online' and removed the 'for printing' direction from the PDF title.

  3. First published.