- Service status
- Why is the transport of waste regulated?
- Waste carriers and brokers
- Professional collectors and transporters of waste
- How do I register?
- The legislation
A sophisticated criminal cyberattack 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.
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Service status update 26 February 2021: Waste carriers and brokers
What are we able to do now?
- Our online application service for new waste carriers or brokers registrations is now available.
What should you do now?
- If your registration is due to expire before 1 April 2021 SEPA will treat it as extended until 30 June 2021. We will provide updated information on how to submit a renewal application when this is available.
- To register a new waste carrier or broker registration complete the online application and make payment by BACS after completing your application.
- We have published a temporary regulatory position statement with details.
Next update: 5 March 2021
The regulations are there to make sure that waste is properly recycled, recovered or disposed of, and to prevent flytipping.
Flytipping can be hazardous to health and the environment, looks unsightly and costs a lot to clean up. It also undermines compliant waste transporters, damaging legitimate businesses.
If you deal with the transportation of commercial, industrial or household waste (including any waste from a house, shop, office, factory or any other trade or business premises) as part of your business, you must register with us.
All waste from these sources is controlled waste whether it is liquid or solid and even if it is not hazardous or toxic. It includes, but is not limited to:
- unwanted surplus substances;
- building or demolition waste; and
- anything that is disposed of as broken, worn out, contaminated or spoiled in some other way.
You must register if you are a sole trader, partnership or company, even if you only deal with the waste occasionally.
If you transport the waste yourself, you are a waste carrier. If you arrange to have it carried, you are a waste broker.
If you don’t register, you could face a fine of up to £5,000.
You only need to register with one regulator for movement between England, Wales and Scotland.
For transport to and from Northern Ireland, you will need to register with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency as well as the regulator for the other country.
You can check our online database to see any waste carrier or broker’s details and make sure they’re registered correctly.
Registrations are subject to the following fees:
You can use our online service to register for the first time or renew your existing registration.
Our online application service for new and renewal of waste carriers or brokers registrations is currently unavailable.
If your registration is due to expire before 1 April 2021 SEPA will treat it as extended until 30 June 2021. We will provide updated information on how to submit a renewal application when this is available.
We have published a temporary regulatory position statement with details.
The requirement to register as a carrier or broker of controlled waste is contained within the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 and the Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991.
The regulations require that any person who transports or makes arrangements for management of waste in the course of any business must register with the enforcing authority.
Professional collectors and transporters of waste are regulated by the Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2011, which requires operators to notify us of the business they carry out and the location(s) from which they operate.
The Duty of Care legislation requires that all transfers of waste are appropriately recorded in order to assist in tracking movements of waste.
In addition, the regulations place additional obligations on waste producers, carriers and any person within the chain of persons handling waste to consider the manner in which they deal with the material.
General guidance on the duty of care and responsibilities for persons who produce, carry, handle or otherwise deal with waste has been produced by the Scottish Government.