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Current regulations state that businesses in England producing or holding more than 500kg of hazardous waste (in any 12-month period) must register their premises with the Environmental Agency. However from the 1st April 2016, these rules will change.

Businesses have a duty of care to ensure that any hazardous waste that they produce or handle causes no harm or damage. Hazardous waste generally refers to substances that are harmful to humans or the environment and include: asbestos, oils (not edible), chemicals, batteries, fluorescent light tubes, solvents and pesticides.

From the 1st April 2016, businesses in England producing or holding hazardous waste will no longer have to register their premises. This will affect consignment notes, consignee returns and any related documents such as carrier schedules or rejected loads. Regulations for businesses in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will not change.

This change for businesses in England has resulted from Defra’s Smarter Environmental Regulation Review, which aims to reduce unnecessary complexity, inconsistency and duplication of environmental regulation and to make compliance with legal obligations easier and more transparent. A spokesman from the Environmental Agency said, “By eliminating the need to register with us, these changes will reduce the regulatory burden on business and the use of the revised consignee information will help ensure that we can continue to trace hazardous waste back to its source.”

So without the need for businesses in England to register their premises from the 1st April 2016, it means the consignment are to be completed slightly differently. Going forward, the first six characters of the unique consignment note code will be the first six characters of the company name, rather than the first six digits of the company’s registration number. Businesses will also no longer be allowed to use ‘exempt’. 

Furthermore, changes to the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes will come into effect. Only SIC 2007 and NACE will be allowed to be used from the 1st April 2016. SIC 2003 will no longer be accepted.

All businesses affected will need to make sure they comply with the new regulations from 1st April 2016. If you require any further information please contact us below.

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