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Hazardous Waste Carrier Regulations UK

Strict regulations govern the activities of hazardous waste carriers and dealers in England. Many of the collection and transport rules differ to those when moving inert or non-hazardous waste.

The information in this guide explains what records you must keep as a hazardous waste carrier, broker, or dealer. Check what to do if a consignee rejects the load you are transporting.

Any business collecting and transporting hazardous waste in England must follow these steps:

  1. Register or renew as a waste carrier, broker or dealer.
  2. Ensure the waste classification is correct and check parts A and B of the consignment note and the waste before accepting it.
  3. Separate waste correctly when loading it for transportation.
  4. Fill in the relevant part of the consignment note.
  5. Leave one consignment note copy with the waste producer or holder. Keep two copies (which must stay with the waste until reaching its destination).
  6. Deliver the waste to the destination stated on the consignment note (it must be an authorised waste site).

Note: You will need to keep a ‘register’ (your records) for a period of at least one (1) year at your head office.

Records You Need to Keep

As a hazardous waste carrier, the records you must keep include copies of:

  • Consignment notes.
  • Any other related documents (e.g. carrier schedules, a list of carriers if there is more than one, records of rejected loads).

Note: You would need to keep records of any missing information if the original documentation is inaccurate or incomplete. The Environment Agency provides further guidance on rejected loads.

Guide for Waste Dealers or Brokers

The waste producers and holders will supply you with copies of their records. Dealers and brokers would need to keep these copies for three (3) years.

Note: Another section explains what other responsibilities and registration requirements you may need to meet (England).

What if Your Waste Delivery is Rejected?

There are several reasons why a consignee might reject the hazardous waste that you are transporting. If this happens, you must follow the specific guidance on rejected loads provided by the Environment Agency.

Contacting the Environment Agency

You can contact the Environment Agency by phone or email if you have any questions about hazardous waste.

Environment Agency
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 03708506506
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
Information on call charges.

Hazardous Waste Carrier Regulations in United Kingdom