The law on toner disposal - Duty of Care says all organisations need to take reasonable steps to ensure waste is kept 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. Our current valid Environmental Waste Licence (Certificate of Registration) can be seen below....Toner cartridges are classified as controlled waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Under (Waste) Duty of Care regulations they must be collected by a licenced waste carrier.
What is controlled waste? It is commercial, industrial or household waste from 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; Any waste operator collecting controlled waste must have a current Environment Agency Licence