Orkney Islands Council
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Your Duty of Care and Responsibilities

All businesses produce waste and most types of business waste are classed as controlled waste. Controlled waste includes commercial, industrial and household waste.

You have a legal responsibility to ensure that you produce, store, transport and dispose of controlled waste without harming the environment. This is called your duty of care.The statutory obligations set out as a waste producer includes both private sector businesses such as shops, officers, factories and tourism related businesses, including small business as well as public sector services such as schools, hospitals and prisons.

Where you might rely on customer participation to separate materials for recycling such as an airport, hospital or sports facility, it is expected that reasonable steps are taken to provide customers with suitable facilities to separate materials for recycling aligned to those materials collected on Orkney such as paper and thin card, glass, metal cans and plastic bottles.

For more information about your responsibilities under the Duty of Care/Code of Practice for Scotland please visit the link in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

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