Special waste advisory notes

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.

Further information on how we are working with the waste industry, including information on special waste consignment notes, is available on our waste management regulatory approach webpage

Service status update: Special waste consignment notes

What are we able to do now?

SEPA remains unable to sell pre-coded printed special waste consignment notes due to the reduced use of SEPA offices. However, the codes must still be purchased directly from SEPA.

What should you do now?

It remains important to maintain compliant hazardous waste management.

Further details on how to use SWCNs during COVID-19 are available in this temporary regulatory position statement.

You can purchase codes directly from SEPA though our website: https://webpayments.sepa.org.uk/

SWCN codes will be issued alongside your receipt. If you require SC codes for extended carrier rounds or landings of offshore waste, please email swcnorder@sepa.org.uk

Special waste advisory notes

These notes give clarify the procedures for consigning special (hazardous) wastes and also, for certain types of waste, their potential hazardous properties and how they are classified in the EWC. 

Their main purpose is to:

Reference Guidance
SWAN/01 Fluorescent tubes / gas discharge lamps PDF icon small (30k)
SWAN/02 Waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) PDF icon small (52k)
SWAN/03 Mineral fibres (other than asbestos) PDF icon small (35k)
SWAN/06 Adhesives and sealants PDF icon small (40k)
SWAN/12 Asbestos contaminated waste PDF icon small (30k)

Please refer to SEPA's Guide to Consigning Special Waste for information relating to the below SWAN topics:

  • SWAN/07: Movements Within the Same Site
  • SWAN/08: Landed Ships’ Waste
  • SWAN/09: Intra Group Movements
  • SWAN/10: Island Movements
  • SWAN/11: Extended Carrier’s Rounds
  • SWAN/13: Cancelled and Unused Consignment Notes
  • SWAN/14: Successions