EA Changes Hazardous Waste Registration Policy

10 February 2016 by CSG

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From the 1st April 2016, there are two changes you need to know about:

1. Premises Registration – There will no longer be a requirement for any premises in England to register with the Environment Agency, even if they produce or store over 500kg of hazardous waste per year. Waste producing sites in Wales and Scotland will still be required to register sites as per the current system.

2. Consignment Note – To accommodate the removal of premises registration, the format of the consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change regardless of the amount of hazardous waste produced, stored or handled.

The first six characters of the consignment note code (currently the premises registration number) must be replaced by the first six letters or numbers (not symbols) of the business name. See the following example given by the Environment Agency:


You as the waste producer should ensure consistent use of the organisation name with all consignment notes. The code “EXEMPT” can no longer be used.

Following these changes, the Environment Agency have also released a more detailed FAQ’s document to answer any further questions you may have. Please click here to read more:

EA Hazardous Waste Registration FAQ’s