Waveney District Council

Waste carrier registration rule changes

Published on 2nd January 2014


Businesses across suffolk could be faced with a heavy fine if they do not register as a waste carrier, broker or dealer from 1 January 2014.

Businesses that normally transport their own waste must register as a lower-tier waste carrier to comply with recent changes to the England and Wales Waste Regulations.

Registering costs nothing and lasts indefinitely. Businesses will not have to renew their registration unless their situation changes.

For more information on how to register, visit: http://www.gov.uk/waste-carrier-or-broker-registration.

If you do not register, and you are found to be transporting business waste, you could be liable for a fixed penalty fine of £300, or prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.

Councillor Andrew Nunn, chairman of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said:

"The waste carrier regulations are an important tool in the fight against fly-tipping, helping to ensure that waste is only transported by authorised carriers, to ensure that all waste is properly accounted for and ends up disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. We don't wish to see any businesses in Suffolk falling foul of the changes to the regulations, inadvertently or otherwise. We hope that Suffolk businesses, the vast majority of whom are environmentally responsible, will now be aware of these changes to the law that affect them, and would urge all businesses to check that they comply with the changes."

Officers of the Environment Agency and Suffolk County Council are authorised to carry out checks and may do so at any time. It is therefore most important that all businesses check that they comply with these changes.

All businesses must continue to complete 'Waste Transfer Notes' every time they collect, pass on, or dispose of any non-hazardous waste from their business, and keep these for a period of two years.

Householders do not have to register as waste carriers in order to transport their own household waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or local recycling site and are therefore not affected by the new change.

Householders still have a Duty of Care to ensure that waste is disposed of responsibly by carrying out reasonable checks (including verifying Waste Carriers' Registrations) whenever arranging for someone else to take waste away for them; failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £5,000.

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