Council Targets Illegal Trade Waste Disposal
Neath Port Talbot Council is currently undertaking an exercise
which aims to ensure that residents do not foot the bill for the
disposal of commercial waste.
Two local businesses have recently been fined for failing to
produce their waste transfer notes, the documents which confirm how
and where all the waste generated by their activities is
Local authorities have a duty to collect domestic waste free of
charge, but not commercial waste. Businesses have to arrange for
the disposal of all of the waste which they produce.
Waste from the two businesses was regularly being found in local
public litter bins, leading to a legal notice being served on them.
Failure to respond to this meant that a fixed penalty notice to the
value of £300 was served on the proprietors.
As part of their 'duty of care' all waste producers have a
responsibility to keep transfer notes for a period of two years and
must show them if and when required.
Given the potential for a fixed penalty notice, for each failure
to produce the necessary documents, it doesn't pay as a business
not to have a proper trade waste agreement in place. Checking that
businesses can produce 'duty of care' documents has been agreed as
part of the Council's Waste Strategy.
Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas said: "Whilst the vast majority
of enterprises are going about their business in a responsible
manner, those that don't are placing a significant burden on local
"Increasingly strict recycling targets and the additional costs
of disposal mean that illegal commercial waste puts further
pressure on public services which are already facing dramatic
For more information on commercial waste in Neath Port Talbot
please visit www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=3892