You must make sure hazardous waste produced or handled by your business in England causes no harm or damage.
You have responsibilities known as your ‘duty of care’. You must also meet extra requirements depending on whether you’re a waste:
- producer or holder (you produce or store waste)
- carrier (you collect and transport waste)
- consignee (you receive waste, such as for recycling or disposal)
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:
- chemicals, such as brake fluid or print toner
- oils (except edible ones), such as car oil
- equipment containing ozone depleting substances, like fridges
- hazardous waste containers
Classify your waste to find out if it is hazardous.