HC Deb 12 May 2004 vol 421 cc337-8W
Mr. Dhanda

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will broaden the duty of care provisions under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to encompass prosecution for dumping of household waste. [169983]

Mr. Morley

A review of section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which sets out the framework for the current duty of care regime, began in March this year. The terms of reference for this review are currently being finalised, though it is expected that the review will consider the issue of householders and household waste.

It is currently a criminal offence under section 33 of the 1990 Act for a householder to dispose of household waste outside the curtilage of his or her property other than in accordance with a waste management licence.