Controlled waste includes commercial, industrial and household waste, as well as hazardous waste. Most radioactive wastes and explosive wastes are controlled by other regulations.
All businesses can register as waste carriers including self-employed individuals, partnerships, companies or other types of organisation. You need to register even if carrying waste is not your main business activity or if you only carry waste occasionally.
If you do not register and you carry waste, you could be prosecuted.
Upper tier waste carriers
If you transport other people's controlled waste, or your own construction or demolition waste, you must register as an upper tier waste carrier unless you fall into one of the categories for lower tier waste carriers.
If you had a waste carrier certificate before 29 March 2011, you don't need to do anything. When your certificate is due to be renewed it will be replaced with an upper tier certificate.
Lower tier waste carriers
Lower tier registration replaces registration as a professional collector or transporter of waste.
You must register as a lower tier carrier if you only carry:
- animal by-products
- waste from mines and quarries
- waste from agricultural premises
You will also need to register as a lower tier carrier if you carry waste, and are:
- a waste collection, disposal or regulation authority
- a charity or voluntary organisation
Lower tier carriers are also known as 'specified persons'.
If you were registered as a professional collector or transporter of waste before 29 March 2011, you do not need to do anything. You will automatically transfer to being a lower tier carrier, broker or dealer.
From the end of December 2013, you will also need to register as a lower tier carrier if you normally and regularly carry controlled waste produced by your own business.
Reprinted from Net Regs/Business Link web-site under open Government Licence