The law on Duty of Care says that all individuals must take reasonable steps to ensure waste is kept safe. If you give waste or "Discards" to someone, 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 cartridges within the scope of the Act.
We are licenced with the Environment Agency to recover & handle both waste used/empty inkjet cartridges, as well as unused cartridges that you may wish to discard as surplus to needs following change of printers etc. See below.Printer 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: It does not have to be hazardous or toxic to be controlled waste. Make sure you comply with the law!