As of April 1st this year, producers, holders, carriers and consignees of hazardous waste will have to follow new rules when registering their premises and classifying their waste on a consignment note.
The following new rules set out by the Environment Agency will apply as of April 1st 2016:
REGISTRATION: If you produce or store 500kg or more of hazardous waste per year you will no longer need to register your premises with the Environment Agency. This change only applies to England. It does not affect premises in Wales who should continue to register with Natural Resources Wales.
CONSIGNMENT NOTE: A completed consignment note must accompany hazardous waste when moved from any premises. Consignment notes must be filled out correctly and must include all the information fields and be as near as possible to the format in the example note provided on the website. Consignment notes cannot be accepted if they are worded differently or the numbering is different. The new consignment note blank and example forms can be found on the gov.uk website. The only SIC codes accepted will be SIC 2007 codes to match the change on waste transfer notes for non-hazardous waste.
CONSIGNMENT NOTE CODES: If waste is produced in England, you will need to amend the first six characters of your consignment note code (currently the premises registration number), replacing them with the first six letters or numbers (not symbols) of the business name. ‘EXEMPT’ will no longer be used. The second set of characters will continue to be five numbers or letters of your choosing. This may, in a few specified occasions, be followed by an additional letter.
If you are receiving waste from Wales into England, you should not change the consignment note code. Welsh producers will still be required to register their premises with Natural Resources Wales and use this as their consignment note number. If the waste is moved from England into Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from 1 April 2016 the consignment note code will need to use the new format.
With these new rules, there are a few things to consider before the April 1st deadline:
- Have you decided on a numbering system for your consignment notes which allows you enough numbers for the amount of hazardous loads you will take AND allows easy identification of the source? You can choose any five numbers and letters.
- Make sure you do not pre-print more consignment notes using the old format, than you will use by the end of 31 March 2016.
- If you would like to personalise your hazardous waste consignment note, for example add your own logo or colour scheme, this will have to be the same exact wording as the consignment note given on the website. Further information is available on the gov.uk website. The current rules will still apply up until 1st April and you will still need to provide a valid permit/exemption up until this time.