Cyber-Attack: Our Response and Service Status

Exempt activities

Service status

A sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.

Service status update 26 February 2021: Data returns

What are we able to do now?

  • Many environmental licences include a requirement to submit data returns or other reporting requirements on an annual or quarterly basis.

What should you do now?

  • Do continue to prepare your reports and submissions but don’t send them to us or enquire about submission at present.
  • We’ll provide further updates on how to send information to us as soon as possible. This includes any Scottish Pollutant Return Inventory (SPRI) returns.
  • For businesses who are required to submit Producer Responsibility (PR) data, please continue to use the relevant UK system to submit your data. Please retain a copy of any supplementary PR data you would normally submit directly to SEPA but do not attempt to send this to us at present. We will provide further updates on how to send this information to us as soon as possible.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, you should continue to report any environmental incidents as required by your SEPA permit by contacting our 24 Hour Pollution Hotline: 0800 80 70 60

Next update: 5 March 2021

SEPA gathers data annually on the type, quantity and geographical origin of the waste handled from operators of the following ‘complex’ exempt activities:

  • Paragraphs 7, 8(2), 10, 46 and 50.
  • Paragraphs 9 and 19 where the volume of waste used exceeds 2,500 cubic metres
  • Paragraph 12 where the volume of waste used exceeds 10 tonnes per year.

Operators are asked to submit their data returns using the standard exempt activity return form:

Further guidance on the coding of waste is available:

Exemptions data are used in the waste from all sources report which is available on our Waste data page.