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Duty of Care...
Randisi Textiles Ltd
Mulgrave Street
West Yorkshire

Tel: 01274 309111
Fax: 01274 309222
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UK businesses produce over 75 million tonnes per annum of commercial and industrial waste, and as a waste producer. We recognise we have obligations under the Environmental Protection act 1990 to ensure it is properly controlled and managed.

The Duty of Care Regulations 1991 place a duty upon producers, importers, carriers and disposers of controlled waste to:
  • Prevent unauthorised disposal of waste
  • Prevent the escape of waste
  • Provide a written waste transfer note
  • Provide an accurate written description including the six digit European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code.
Authorised persons for the purpose of the Duty of Care are:
  • Registered waste carriers or those entitled to exemption under the Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vet Regulations 1991
  • Holders of a permit, waste management licence or waste management licence exemption
  • The waste producer (when transferring their own waste-except construction or demolition waste)
A waste transfer note must be passed between each holder of the waste; this may also include the written waste description, and can be valid for up to one year for regular waste transfers. The transfer note must be kept for a minimum of two years after the transfer and contain the following information:
  • The date identity of the waste and the EWC code
  • The quantity of waste and how the waste is contained
  • Names, addresses and signatures of the transferor and transferee
  • Place and date of transfer
The written description of the waste should be sufficient for the next holder to deal with the waste without breeching the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, namely Section 33 – that deals with unlawful deposit of waste.

The penalties for failing to comply with these legal requirements are severe so it is essential to use a waste management company you can trust.

Randisi Textiles Recycling Ltd is fully compliant with the law.
We supply a Waste Transfer Note (WTN) and keep all WTN’s for the two year period required and available for inspection by the regulatory authorities at any time.

A contract with Randisi Textiles Recycling Ltd means that you can be completely confident that your Duty of Care obligations are being fully met. We are committed to helping you make sure that you are equipped to meet legislative requirements and prepared for increasing environmental challenges. Click here for more informaion.

The Law

Both the Environment Agency for England and Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (the competent authorities) consider charity shop rags to be waste. They also consider clothing that is placed in textile recycling banks to be waste. Click here for The Sustainable Clothing Roadmap.

As part of DEFRA's work on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), they are developing ten product roadmaps to reduce the environmental and social impacts across the life cycle of a range of priority products. Clothing is one of these products. Why clothing? Evidence shows that clothing and textiles is a high impact product category, exacerbated by the high volumes of clothes we consume in the UK. Within the EU-25, clothing and textiles account for approximately 5-10 per cent of our environmental impacts. Without intervention and with growing consumption these impacts are likely to increase. For further details click here.

Waste Strategy for England 2007

The Waste Strategy for England sets out seven priority waste materials where action should be targeted to increase resource efficiency. These are: textiles, plastics, paper/card, glass, wood, aluminium, and food and garden waste. The priority waste materials have been identified on the basis of evidence on potential reductions of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from diversion from landfill and increased recycling and recovery.
To download a copy of the Waste Strategy for England 2007 and the Waste Strategy Annual Progress Report 2007/8 please click here.

Duty of Care

The Duty of Care is a law that is detailed in section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990). If any organisation (e.g. charity, local authority or business), passes its second hand clothing waste to a textile recycling merchant, they must ensure that the merchant has the legal authority to take the waste. Failure to comply with the Duty of Care may result in a conviction where the penalty could be an unlimited fine. Click here for further information.