What is a Waste Carriers Licence?
Also known as a Waste Transfer Licence, a Waste Carriers Licence allows you or your business to carry waste on a public road. A licence is required by law and applies to any business that moves, buys, sells, or disposes of waste.
If you have a Waste Carriers Licence, any person employed by you will be covered under the licence while they are acting under their employment. Private contractors or agents are not covered, however, and will need a licence of their own.
Your Duty Of Care
According to law, your business, as well as every other business, has a legally enforceable duty of care over its waste. It applies to any businesses that produce, carry, keep or dispose of waste in England and Wales. Essentially, if you're in control of the waste, you have a duty of care for it.
The law is there to ensure that all waste is kept and disposed of in the safest way possible and with a minimum impact on the environment. The duty of care also applies to companies that handle waste on behalf of another company as a waste management company.