The law on Duty of Care says that an organisation must take all reasonable steps to ensure it keep's waste safe. If you give waste or "DISCARDS" to someone else, you must be sure they are authorised to take it and can transport, recycle or dispose of it safely. If you break the law, you can be fined an unlimited amount.......
And, it's not just waste as you would imagine: Under the Environment Protection Act 1990, SCHEDULES, SCHEDULE 2B, 14., it states, ............ "PRODUCTS FOR WHICH THE HOLDER HAS NO FURTHER USE (E.G. HOUSEHOLD, OFFICE, COMMERCIAL & SHOP DISCARDS)"
, which also covers unused toner within the scope of the Act. We are licenced with the Environment Agency to recover & handle both waste used toner cartridges, as well as unused toner cartridges that you may wish to discard as surplus to needs following change of printers etc. See below.Toner cartridges are classified as controlled waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Waste) Duty of Care regulations, & must be collected by a licenced waste carrier.
What is controlled waste? It is commercial, industrial or household waste from the office, university, school, house, hospital, residential or nursing home, shop, factory or any trade or business: From solid or liquid, scrap metal or scrap car. It does not have to be hazardous or toxic to be controlled waste.