- keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste (in that order) - get help to do this
- sort and store waste safely and securely
- complete a waste transfer note for each load of waste that leaves your premises
- check if your waste carrier is registered to dispose of waste
- not allow the waste carrier to dispose of your waste illegally (and report them to Crimestoppers if they do)
You have extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardous waste.
What counts as business waste
Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste.
Business waste also includes any waste that comes from:
Disposing of your own waste
You must register as a waste carrier if you want to dispose of your own waste regularly. Apply to register in:
- Northern Ireland
Depending on what you’re doing, you may also need to apply for a waste permit.
Moving waste between countries
You cannot move waste between countries for disposal, for example to send it to landfill. You can usually only import or export waste to recover it, such as using waste to produce energy.
Read the guide on waste imports and exports.