Our Duty of Care

Producing a wide range of non-hazardous and hazardous controlled waste means that we have a ‘Duty of Care’ in relation to how we manage our waste. It's really important to us and comes about as a direct result of Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990, the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 and the Environment Act 1995.

This Duty of Care places responsibility on us (the University) to ensure our waste is segregated, securely stored, and safely transported to an authorised waste management company. Our waste must be processed in line with legislative requirements and in a way that limits harm to the environment.

The definition of waste is “…any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard…” (Article 3(1) 2008 Waste Framework Directive). 

We are responsible for our waste until the material no longer ceases to be classified as a waste. All waste collections from our premises are carried out by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) registered waste management companies. Every collection is accompanied by a valid Waste Transfer Note (WTN) or Hazardous Waste Consignment Note (HWCN). We keep these documents centrally and we are legally required to retain them for 2-3 years.

We hold permits due to our production of hazardous wastes, and a variety of exemptions for activities such as cardboard baling and wood chipping.

To aid compliance and daily management, we have appointed a waste management contractor to provide a range of waste management services across our campuses.

Our Academic Colleges and administrative departments are not allowed to use any other contractors to dispose of their waste, and must consult the Waste and Recycling Officer for guidance.

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