Hazardous waste

3. Carriers

You must follow these steps if your business collects and transports hazardous waste in England, eg you’re a waste carrier or you move your own waste.

  1. Register as a waste carrier.

  2. Check parts A and B of the consignment note and the waste before you accept it – make sure the waste is classified correctly.

  3. Separate waste correctly when you load it for transportation.

  4. Fill in the part of the consignment note that applies to you.

  5. Leave one copy of the consignment note with the waste producer or holder and keep 2 copies – these must stay with the waste until it reaches its destination.

  6. Take the waste to the destination on the consignment note – it must be an authorised waste site.

  7. Keep records (known as a ‘register’) for one year.

You must keep records at your head office.

Records you must keep

You must keep copies of:

  • consignment notes
  • any related documents, eg ‘carrier schedules’ (list of carriers when there is more than one), records of rejected loads

If these documents aren’t accurate or complete, you must keep a record of any missing information.

You’re a waste dealer or broker

Ask the waste producer or holder for copies of their records. You must keep these for 3 years. Check what other registration requirements and responsibilities you may need to meet.

Your waste delivery is rejected

You must follow the guidance on rejected loads if a consignee rejects the hazardous waste you’re transporting.