Any business that is involved in the transportation, handling or disposal of waste has to be registered with the Environment Agency. This registration goes onto the government’s public register which people can then search to check credentials.
If you undertake waste transportation and handling and do not register you can be liable for a fine of up to £5,000. It does not matter whether you are a small business or a large corporation, you have a duty of care and a legal requirement to register.
You can easily register your waste service here.
Who Does it Apply to?
There are a number of businesses that can be considered as waste carriers. This can include builders and plumbers who transport their own waste or handle waste for clients, gardeners and landscapers, recycling businesses, waste dealers and brokers, skip hire companies and bulk hauliers. If you are not sure that you should be registering as a waste handler, then contact your local council for advice and guidance.
How Much Does it Cost?
If you merely transport your own waste, registration is free. Otherwise the cost will be £154. Charges will vary depending on whether you are a broker, carrier or dealer and if you live in Scotland. If your main business is handling waste then you will need to provide certain details including dates of birth and names of all executives, directors and partners as well as information concerning any environmental offences that may have been committed in the past. If details of your company change then you have up to 28 days to inform the Environment Agency of those changes.
What Happens After Registration?
Once you have registered on with the Environmental Agency site, you will then be allocated as either an upper tier or lower tier waste carrier and given a registration number:
- Upper tier waste carriers: You transport other people’s waste or your own construction waste. This type of registration needs to be renewed every three years at an extra cost of £105.
- Lower tier waste carriers: This includes those who transport animal by products and mine and quarry waste. Agricultural businesses and charities also fall into this category. You do not need to renew your registration every three years as with upper tier waste carriers.
Check for a waste disposal company in your area here.