Waste carriers and brokers

Introduction

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This is an environmental registration which applies to certain specific activities regarding the transport of controlled waste. The registration is administered by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Eligibility criteria

Whether or not you are granted registration will depend on a number of factors such as whether the activity complies with the environmental controls needed to protect the environment in Scotland and whether the operator is a fit and proper person to hold the licence. If you wish to discuss an application, please contact the local SEPA office nearest to your proposed activity.

Regulation summary

The requirement to register as a carrier or broker of controlled waste is contained within the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 and the Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991. These require that any person who transports or makes arrangements for management of waste in the course of any business without being registered with the appropriate registration authority commits an offence, unless they are exempt. The registration itself is valid within Great Britain for a period of 3 years from the date of issue of the registration.

Application evaluation process

The registration process will check that you have supplied the correct information.

Will tacit consent apply?

Tacit consent does not apply under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 and the Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991. 

Target decision period

The decision period under Section 4(1) of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) act 1989 is 2 months.

Redress

Applicants or operators who wish to challenge SEPA's refusal of a licence can make an appeal to Scottish Ministers.  

Applications

Online application

It is not possible to apply for registration online. SEPA is currently developing this facility.

Postal applications and amendments

Please complete the appropriate form and send it to the appropriate registry office as detailed on the form.

  • WCR-FRM-001 : Application Form for Registration as a Carrier, Broker or Carrier/Broker of Controlled Waste
  • WCR-FRM-002 : Application Form for Renewal of Registration as a Carrier, Broker or Carrier/Broker of Controlled Waste
  • WCR-FRM-003 : Registration as a Professional Collector or Transporter of Controlled Waste

Your local SEPA office will advise the correct fee for your application.

Public Registers or Databases

Public Registers are store large amounts of paper-based regulatory and enforcement information. Our Registry staff can help you find the information you require. You can request information in person, by phone or by email. Our Registries are located in Aberdeen, Dingwall, East Kilbride and Edinburgh. Registry opening hours are 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Contact Details and Local Support

SEPA has a number of local offices throughout Scotland. Please contact us, if you are unsure who or where to contact.