National operator waste returns
How to complete a national operator waste return and deadlines for returns.
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:
- use the Generic Operator Returns online system spreadsheet to upload or enter your data
- email your waste returns spreadsheet
- print out a PDF version of the waste return form, complete and return it to National Operator Returns
Deadlines for submitting waste 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|
|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 email@example.com to request login details. You need to provide your permit number(s), company name and telephone number.
Spreadsheet for email returns
If you cannot submit your return online, you can email it using this spreadsheet. Save the file to a folder on a local drive or network by right-clicking and selecting the ‘save as’ option.
You may need to zip large files before emailing so they can be delivered successfully. Email National Operator Returns if you have any problems emailing your return.
PDF forms for paper returns
If you cannot submit your return using the online system, or by emailing the completed spreadsheet template, you can print out and complete this form. Send it to:
National Operator Returns team
99 Parkway Avenue
Sheffield S9 4WF