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B&M advises SMEs on change in waste definition

With a customer base of over 7,000, national waste management company B&M Waste Services has issued guidance to small and medium sized companies (SMEs) of the change to the legal definition of ‘waste’.

Published jointly by Defra, the Environment Agency, the Welsh Government, Northern Ireland’s Department of the Environment and Natural Resources Wales, the guidance can be used to determine if a material is waste or not, and whether it is subject to waste handling laws.

The guidance includes details of the waste duty of care to which businesses who import, produce, carry, keep, treat or dispose of waste must adhere as well as the producer responsibility rules for producers of packaging, electrical equipment and batteries must apply.

Neil Curtis, Managing Director at B&M Waste Service commented:

“We work with our customers to ensure they are always ahead of the game and aware of best practice and legislative changes. This latest guidance helps small and medium sized companies understand their waste, and in particular we urge customers to consider how they are disposing of their waste electrical and electronic equipment and batteries.”

Additionally the guidance also details when waste rules cease to apply, such as when a material meets ‘end of waste’ status.

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