1st April : Changes to Premises Registration – England

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed that post 1st April 2016 you will no longer be required to register your premises as a hazardous waste producer.

Up until now, producers meeting the qualifying threshold were required to register with the EA as a Hazardous Waste Producer. As part of the governments ‘red tape challenge’, from April 2016 this will change.


THE CHANGES ONLY APPLY TO ENGLAND. The requirement to register your premises with Natural Resources Wales remains if your site is based in Wales, and in Scotland your collections are managed via the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) which is planning no changes.

There are two changes to the Hazardous Waste Regulations which take effect on 1st April 2016.

1. Producers of hazardous waste will no longer need to notify their premises with the Environment Agency.
2. The format of the consignment note code, which is on every consignment note, will change.


  • You must continue to have a valid registration up to 1st April 2016. Without this it will not be possible for your contractor to collect your waste legally.
  • Following 1st April you do not need to register with the EA.

Consignment Note Code Format:

  • After 1st April, a consignment note must still accompany every movement of hazardous waste.
  • The consignment note code will no longer incorporate the premises code. It will now be replaced by the first 6 letters or numbers (not symbols) of the company name to create a new ‘code’. It is not a problem for multiple sites to have the same ‘code’.
  • If your company name is shorter than 6 characters the letter ‘Q’ will be used to fill the remaining space.
  • Those sites which previously used the ‘EXEMPT’ code as they did not qualify for the threshold can no longer use this, and should also use the first 6 letters of the company name.

The EA have confirmed that it is now the responsibility of the individual site / company to ensure that the same ‘code’ is used for all hazardous waste movements.


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