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.
From April 2019, operators with a permit authorising waste activities must also include details about the technically competent manager at 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
Complete your waste return in one of the following ways:
- Use the online waste returns Generic Operator Returns (GOR) spreadsheet to upload or enter your data.
- Email your waste returns spreadsheet.
- Request a paper form from the Environment Agency - call 03708 506 506 (see call charges) or email email@example.com.
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|
Waste returns GOR spreadsheet
Use this spreadsheet to compile your data in XML format and submit your return online. You can upload it directly into the GOR system. Or you can manually enter your data online.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org to request login details. You must provide your permit number(s), company name and telephone number.
You must also complete the technically competent manager form and email it to email@example.com.
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 so that you can email them successfully.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems emailing your return.
Materials facility combined waste returns spreadsheet
Use this spreadsheet for sites notified as materials facilities to the Environment Agency under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, Schedule 9.
Waste values picklist
The waste values picklist shows all the options you can select within each tab of the waste returns spreadsheet.
Waste conversion factors
The waste conversion factors spreadsheet tells you how to convert non-standard volumes (like skip or lorry loads) into tonnes.
Disposal and recovery codes
The disposal and recovery code flowchart shows you how to select the correct disposal or recovery code for waste you receive and remove from your site.