site waste disposal

Contractors warned over site waste disposal

The Environment Agency is warning contractors they face fines of up to £50,000 if construction site waste disposal rules are not followed correctly.

The warning comes after a spike in fly tipping, with workers even being hospitalised after handling contaminated waste.

The Environment Agency is now asking all construction and demolition sites that produce, transport, treat or dispose of waste to fulfil their duty of care. Builders have a legal responsibility to ensure they send their site waste to legal waste collectors. Not doing so can result in them facing up to a £50,000 fine.

Sadly, construction is an easy target for waste crime, so it is essential for contractors to stay ahead of the game by taking full ownership of waste management on site and fulfil their duty of care.

Here are some useful pointers.

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