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

Waste

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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.

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 15 April 2021: Permitting

What are we able to do now?

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

Waste

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.