1. Overview

You must make sure hazardous waste produced or handled by your business in England causes no harm or damage.

Your have responsibilities known as your ‘duty of care’. You must also meet extra requirements depending on whether you’re a waste:

Check what you need to do in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

There are different requirements for exporting waste.

Check if your waste is hazardous

Waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. Examples of hazardous waste include:

  • asbestos
  • chemicals, eg brake fluid or print toner
  • batteries
  • solvents
  • pesticides
  • oils (except edible ones), eg car oil
  • equipment containing ozone depleting substances, eg fridges
  • hazardous waste containers

Classify your waste to find out if it is hazardous.

Changes to the rules

From 1 April 2016, businesses producing or holding hazardous waste won’t have to register their premises.

This will affect consignment notes, consignee returns and the records you have to keep.

Before 1 April 2016, you must follow the normal rules if you’re a producer, carrier or consignee.