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

Waste carriers and brokers

Service status

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.

Service status update 10 June 2021: Waste carriers and brokers

What are we able to do now?

  • We’ve established a system to allow carriers and brokers of controlled waste to register with us.

  • At present we cannot issue copy cards for waste carriers. We are working to address this. 

  • A list of all carriers and brokers registered up to 24 December 2020 is available on the website. Carriers and brokers who have been registered since 18 February 2021 will have received confirmation of their registration in an email.  We are not currently sending registrations as PDF attachments.

What should you do now?

  • For businesses wanting to register for the first time, you can use our online service.

  • If your registration is due to expire in the period between 24 December 2020 and 31 August 2021 SEPA will treat it as extended until 30 September 2021. We’ll provide updated information on how to submit a renewal application when this is available.

We have published a temporary regulatory position statement with details.

Next update: 18 June 2021

Why is the transport of waste regulated?

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.

Waste carriers and brokers

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. 

How do I register?

Registrations are subject to the following fees:

RegistrationFee

Waste Carrier

£225

Waste Broker

£225

Carrier’s renewal

£141

Broker’s renewal

£141

For businesses wanting to register for the first time, you can use our online service.

If your registration is due to expire in the period between 24 December 2020 and 31 May 2021 SEPA will treat it as extended until 30 June 2021. We’ll provide updated information on how to submit a renewal application when this is available.

We have published a temporary regulatory position statement with details.

Professional collectors or transporters

Our online application service for professional collectors or transporters of waste is currently unavailable.

The legislation

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.