Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status

Licensed and permitted sites

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.

Visit our Waste data page for full the weekly data return service status updates. 

QuarterReporting PeriodDeadline for Submission to SEPA
1 1 January to 31 March 28 April
2 1 April to 30 June 28 July
3 1 July to 30 September 28 October
4 1 October to 31 December 28 January
OR
Annual 1 January to 31 December 28 January

Waste management activities in Scotland are regulated by SEPA to prevent pollution and to prevent harm to human health. SEPA regulates these activities through Waste Management Licences (WMLs) and Pollution Prevention and Control permits (PPCs).

All operators holding a WML and some site operators holding a PPC are required to submit waste data returns to SEPA on a quarterly or annual basis. A summary report for each data return is placed on SEPA’s public register and a summary is published in the Scottish waste sites and capacity tool.

The reporting periods and submission deadlines are shown above. Late submission or submissions of poor quality data may affect compliance scores.

Operators are asked to submit their waste data returns in Excel format using the standard Licensed/Permitted Site Return (LSR) form and guidance provided below. Please check this webpage regularly for any updates to the return form or guidance.

Further information on the coding of waste is available:

More information and links to the various reports we produce using the LSR data are available on our Waste data page.