Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Our NetRegs guidance on receiving waste or sewage sets out general requirements for receiving all types of waste. This page's guidance sets out additional requirements if your business is collecting or receiving hazardous waste, or collecting or receiving special waste.
Waste that has hazardous properties, which may make it harmful to human health or the environment, is called:
Hazardous/special waste includes a wide variety of waste, such as asbestos, fluorescent light tubes and lead acid batteries.
If you collect or receive hazardous/special waste at your site, you must have a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit, waste management licence or registered exemption.
You must comply with the conditions in your permit, including any conditions about receiving hazardous/special waste, or you can be fined or sent to prison.
You will need to put in place pre-acceptance and acceptance procedures to check the suitability of the waste you receive. You can only receive hazardous/special waste if you are authorised to do so in your PPC permit or waste management licence.
For further information on acceptance procedures, see our guidance on receiving waste or sewage
If you handle hazardous/special waste, you must:
For further information see the guidance below.
You must pre-notify the NIEA or SEPA at least three working days, but not more than one month, before you move hazardous/special waste by completing a consignment note.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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