Environment Agency announces changes to hazardous waste rules

Premises that are producing more than 500kg a year of hazardous waste will no longer have to register in England, the Environment Agency has confirmed.

Introduced as part of Defra's Smarter Environmental Regulation Review (SERR), which aims to reduce administration burden and cost to industry, from 1 April 2016, the current 500kg threshold that requires business to register will no longer exist.

This change will result in an amendment to the consignment note, where businesses will need to use the first 6 letters of the site company's name instead of a premises or exempt code.

To accommodate the removal of premises registration, the change to the format of the consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will affect all businesses that produce, handle, or manage hazardous waste.

Defra announced in November 2014 that a rewrite of environmental regulations affecting businesses would be completed by March 2015, resulting in a “simpler, quicker and clearer" system for businesses to find the information they need to comply with environmental regulations.

All businesses are still required to register until the changes are introduced on 1 April 2016. Businesses in Wales will still be required to register with Natural Resources Wales.

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