Hazardous waste

2. Producers and holders

You must follow these steps in England if your business:

  • produces hazardous waste
  • holds or stores hazardous waste
  • has hazardous waste removed from its premises
  1. Classify your waste to check if it’s hazardous.

  2. Separate and store hazardous waste safely.

  3. Use authorised businesses to collect, recycle or dispose of your hazardous waste – check that waste carriers are registered and waste sites have environmental permits.

  4. Fill in the parts of the consignment note that apply to you – keep one copy and give 2 copies to the carrier collecting your waste.

  5. Keep records (known as a ‘register’) for 3 years at the premises that produced or stored the waste.

Records you must keep

You must keep your copies of:

  • consignment notes
  • consignee returns – you’ll get these from businesses that receive your waste (consignees)
  • 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.

Extra requirements

You must meet extra requirements in these situations.

Your waste is rejected

You must follow the guidance on rejected loads if your hazardous waste is rejected by the destination site you sent it to.

You transport your own waste

You must meet the requirements for carriers if you transport any hazardous waste from your own or another business.

You receive, treat or dispose of waste

You must meet the requirements for consignees if you:

  • receive hazardous waste – this includes deliveries of waste from your own business
  • treat or dispose of hazardous waste on your business premises – this includes your own waste