Every business in the UK has a legal duty to deal responsibly with its waste.
This is your “Duty of care“. The UK government is very clear on this:
Your duty of care lasts from the moment you produce the waste until you give it to a licensed waste business to deal with. You’re still responsible to check how that business deals with your waste if you suspect it’s not following the duty of care.
You must consider all other options before you dispose of waste. Consider these 5 steps in order. They’re known as the ‘waste hierarchy’.
Prevent – eg use fewer materials.
Recover – eg for energy recovery.
Dispose – eg landfill and incineration without energy recovery.