The Waste (Household Waste) Duty of Care (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 introduced a new duty on householders on 21 November 2005. Under this duty, householders are required to take reasonable measures to ensure that household waste produced on their property is passed on to an authorised person. There is not a requirement for the householder to complete and retain a written description of the waste (the 'transfer' note).
The move aims to crack down on flytipping. This regulation ensures that householders are not excluded from normal Duty of Care waste obligations.
The household duty of care regulations are not there to 'scare people'. The regulations are an extra weapon in the armoury to eliminate fly-tipping. They are all about householders, working with their council to combat the blight of fly-tipping and make sure rubbish is dealt with properly and responsibly.
Every year, councils spend millions of pounds clearing up household rubbish that is dumped by people posing as legitimate waste carriers. If we cut the waste available to the fly-tippers, we cut out their business.