National operator waste returns

How to complete waste or materials facility returns and deadlines for submission.

Operators with an environmental permit must complete waste returns to tell the Environment Agency about the waste they have received or removed from their site.

The Environment Agency uses this information to:

  • monitor a site’s compliance with its environmental permit conditions
  • compile national statistics about waste

How to complete your waste return

You can complete your return in 1 of 3 ways:

  1. Use the Generic Operator Returns spreadsheet to upload or enter your data.
  2. Email your waste returns spreadsheet.
  3. Request a paper form from the Environment Agency - call 03708 506 506 (see call charges) or email

Deadlines for submitting waste returns

Quarterly returns

Quarters Deadline for return
1 January to 31 March 30 April
1 April to 30 June 31 July
1 July to 30 September 31 October
1 October to 31 December 31 January

Yearly returns

Annual return period Deadline for return
1 January to 31 December 31 January of the following year

GOR online system spreadsheet and supporting information

You can use this spreadsheet to compile your data in XML format for uploading directly into the online GOR system. Or you can manually enter your data online.

Email to request login details. You need to provide your permit number(s), company name and telephone number.

Waste returns spreadsheet for email returns

If you cannot submit your return online, you can email it using this spreadsheet.

You may need to zip large files before emailing so they can be delivered successfully.

Email if you have any problems emailing your return.

Materials facility combined waste returns

Use this materials facility (MF) combined waste returns spreadsheet for sites notified as MFs to the Environment Agency under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, Schedule 9.

Published 29 April 2014
Last updated 16 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. The Environment Agency has published the materials facility combined waste returns spreadsheet. They've removed the PDF form for paper returns to encourage electronic submissions. The paper form is still available by request. They've also removed the out of date waste returns spreadsheet guide.
  2. First published.