We are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of our activities and Scotland has already begun its journey towards a more sustainable approach to waste and resources.
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.
- Check the service status
- Approach to Delivery of Services Until June 2021
- Information about the cyber-attack
Service status update 15 April 2021: Permitting
What are we able to do now?
- Please see below for the services we are now running in relation to:
- existing private sewage treatment systems (septic tanks);
- Complex Waste Management Exemptions;
- Applications under Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations (EASR) and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993;
- Waste Carrier Licences.
- We are working hard to re-establish the ability to receive, verify and determine applications for Waste Management Licences, Controlled Activities in the Water Environment, including registration of new private sewage systems, and PPC Part A & B. For now we remain unable to undertake this work.
What should you do now?
- Please do not submit any applications at this time and check regular updates.
- Contact us if you had submitted an application prior to 24 December 2020 and your authorisation is required urgently within the next three weeks.
Further information on how we are working with the waste sector at this time can be found at on our regulatory approach waste website
Next update: 23 April 2021
There is still a long way to go before Scotland has a truly sustainable approach to the management of waste and we have a duty to protect the environment and human health from the effects of waste management and disposal.
In order to do this, we:
- licence and monitor waste management facilities such as landfills and incinerators;
- administer producer compliance schemes for particular waste streams;
- regulate the transfrontier shipment of wastes;
- respond to pollution incidents and fly-tipping.
Tackling illegal waste management activities – which can cause significant environmental harm and loss of business for responsible operators – is one of our major priorities.
In partnership with police forces and other agencies, we undertake targeted operations to tackle:
- illegal landfill sites;
- unlicensed skip hire operators;
- large scale and persistent dumping of waste;
- unlawful collection, storage and breaking of scrap cars;
- unauthorised collection, storage and export of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
However, we aim to make complying with regulation as clear and straightforward as possible for operators and all those involved in waste management – this section provides more information about how waste management is regulated and how we implement those regulations.