Waste and recycling

Guidance and regulation

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  1. Access the public register for environmental information

    Access the Environment Agency's public register of data.

  2. Register or renew waste exemptions (England)

    How to register or renew waste exemptions.

  3. Stop invasive non-native plants from spreading

    How to identify, control and dispose of invasive non-native plants that can harm the environment.

  4. Waste classification technical guidance

    Technical guidance on how to assess and classify waste.

  5. Discharges to surface water and groundwater: environmental permits

    When you need an environmental permit to discharge liquid effluent or waste water to surface water or onto the ground, and how to apply.

  6. Waste exemption: U1 use of waste in construction

    This exemption allows you to use suitable waste rather than virgin raw material or material which has ceased to be waste - for example by complying with a Quality Protocol.

  7. Carrier bag charges: retailers' responsibilities

    Find out when you must charge a minimum of 5p for single use plastic carrier bags, bags you're not required to charge for and the records you must keep and submit.

  8. Packaging waste: producer responsibilities

    Obligated packaging producers must register and meet their waste packaging recycling and recovery responsibilities.

  9. Hazardous waste: consignment note guidance

    What information the consignment note must contain, who has to complete each part and when it has to be completed.

  10. Waste exemption: D7 burning waste in the open

    This exemption allows you to burn plant tissue and untreated wood waste from joinery or manufacturing in the open air.

  11. Waste duty of care code of practice

    This code provides practical guidance on how to meet your waste duty of care requirements in England and Wales.

  12. S2 waste exemption: store waste in a secure place

    The S2 waste exemption lets you store certain waste at a secure site separate to where it was produced, before transportation to another site for recovery.

  13. Waste: import and export

    There are European and UK rules governing how you can ship waste into or out of the country.

  14. Regulations: waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

    Guidance for manufacturers, importers and distributors.

  15. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) public registers

    Registers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) producers, approved exporters, approved authorised treatment facilities and producer compliance schemes.

  16. End of life vehicles (ELVs): guidance for waste sites

    How to apply to be an authorised treatment facility (ATF) for ELVs, comply with ELV regulations and meet recycling targets.

  17. Packaging waste: apply to be an accredited reprocessor or exporter

    How to apply for accreditation, comply with your accreditation and packaging waste technical information.

  18. Environmental permitting charges guidance

    How the Environment Agency charges for activities that need an environmental permit and the charges you must pay.

  19. Control and monitor emissions for your environmental permit

    How you must control and monitor emissions from your activities that may cause pollution.

  20. Regulations: batteries and waste batteries

    Guidance for manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers.