Do you need to register as a waste carrier?

Businesses who transport other people’s waste or their own construction and demolition waste need to register as waste carriers under new regulations brought in by the Environment Agency.

The two-tier registration system means that businesses need to register even if carrying waste is not their main business activity or if they only carry waste occasionally. Those failing to do so could be prosecuted and receive a fine up to £5,0o0.

Other people’s waste can include commercial, industrial and household waste, while construction and demolition waste comprises any waste resulting from the improvement, repair or alteration of a building infrastructure.

Typical examples of this type of waste include:

  • baths
  • sinks
  • fences
  • windows
  • walls
  • doors
  • plasterboard
  • pipe-work
  • radiators

So if you’re fall into one of the following tradesmen categories and are involved in carrying out construction and demolition you need to register:

  • electrician
  • plumber
  • fencing contractor
  • gardeners, landscapers, tree surgeons
  • builder
  • house clearers

In addition letting agencies and shopping centre managers who arrange for the removal of waste from rented accommodation or premises also need to be registered.

In the two-tier system businesses can register for the lower tier for free, while the top-tier registration (which the construction industry falls under) costs £154 and is valid for three years.

By the end of 2013 all businesses will be required to register as a carrier, in the lower tier, if they normally and regularly carry waste produced by their own business.

Details of the waste carriers registration can be found on the Environment Agency website.

For businesses wishing to ensure they are complying with all environmental legislation or needing further help in implementing an environmental programme contact janerayner@luluconsulting.co.uk

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