As a Producer of waste, your business or organisation is compelled by the government to dispose of your waste reprographic consumables responsibly. You have a Duty of care, as outlined in section 34 of the Enviromental Protection Act 1990, to ensure your hazardous waste is disposed of correctly, and you have the relevant records detailing this which you must hold for up to three years.
This is enforced by the Environmental agency, and non-compliance can result in stiff penalties or even imprisonment.
Your waste toner and inkjet cartridges fall under the WEEE regulations 2006 (3289) there are now systems in place in the U.K. to ensure the treatment and recovery of WEEE, although a huge number is still being sent overseas by certain ‘recyclers’ this is not lawful and can reflect badly on your business or organisation if they are found to be non-compliant.
For more information on the legal framework surrounding Waste follow the links below.
To find out more, please follow the links below:
Hazardous Waste Advice and Legislation:
Disposal of Hazardous Waste:
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA):
Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling (ICER):
Hazardous Waste Consignment Note: