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New waste guidance for businesses published

The Environment Agency has issued new guidance to help businesses decide if a material is waste or not, while a separate guide has been published to help avoid waste crime. The updated Environment Agency guidance, published on 5 May 2016, helps businesses to work out whether a material should be classified as waste or not and when certain waste rules apply. The update follows a review of existing waste guidance for businesses to make it clearer and more user-friendly. An updated duty of care code of practice was published in March. The new guidance provides more information on reuse, recycling, recovery and the waste hierarchy to encourage waste prevention. Also, separate guidance has been produced by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and legal firm, Dentons, to help businesses understand and avoid waste crime. Fighting Waste Crime: the real impact of waste crime on your organisation, comes after a nationwide ‘Right Waste Right Place’ campaign was launched to increase awareness of duty of care legislation for waste, with research having revealed that over half of UK businesses are not complying with it.

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