1. Overview

You must deal responsibly with any waste your business produces in England. This is known as your ‘duty of care’.

Business waste includes any waste that comes from:

  • any commercial activity – including any you run from your home
  • construction
  • demolition
  • industry
  • agriculture

Check what you need to do in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

How long your duty of care lasts

Your duty of care lasts from the moment you produce the waste until you give it to a licensed waste business to deal with.

You’re still responsible to check how that business deals with your waste if you suspect it’s not following the duty of care.

You should report if another business mishandles your waste.

Help us improve GOV.UK

Please don't include any personal or financial information, for example your National Insurance or credit card numbers.