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Hazardous Waste

The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 – England and Wales

After the UK Waste Battery Regulations, The Hazardous Waste Regulations in England and Wales and the Special Waste Regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland are probably the most important pieces of legislation concerning waste batteries. However, there are many other pieces of legislation which are relevant and these are also listed in sections below.

The Hazardous Waste Regulations came into force in July 2005 and replaced the Special Waste Regulations in England and Wales.
All batteries are effectively classed as hazardous waste. This is because they contain corrosive materials such as sulphuric acid or potassium hydroxide, as well as heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. Some can be explosive under certain conditions.

The Hazardous Waste Regulations contain strict rules for the storage, transport and disposal of waste batteries, and anyone failing to comply with these regulations is committing an offence.

Your Responsibilities.

If you have waste batteries to recycle, you must comply with the following requirements:

  bullet point The site at which the waste batteries were generated must be registered with the Environment Agency as a Hazardous Waste Producer, and pay an annual registration fee. (There are a very small number of sites which may be exempt. G&P can advise you if necessary.)
  bullet point The Consignment Note procedure must be complied with. A Consignment Note must accompany each movement of waste batteries, and a fee must be paid to the Environment Agency. Details of each consignment note must be notified to the Environment Agency every quarter, and a fee for certain movements paid.
  bullet point The carrier which removes the waste batteries from your premises must be registered with the EA as a carrier of controlled waste. (See G&P Licenses/Terms section for a copy of our certification.)
  bullet point Each time waste batteries are taken from your premises you must sign a copy of the Consignment Note that applies to that transaction.
  bullet point Under the requirements covering Duty of Care, you must ensure your waste batteries are destined to be recovered of safely and in accordance with the legislation.

SCOTLAND - The Special Waste Regulations 1996; The Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulation 2004; The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011

All batteries are effectively classed as special waste. This is because they can contain corrosive materials such as sulphuric acid or potassium hydroxide, as well as heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. Some can be explosive under certain conditions.

The Special Waste Regulations contain strict rules for the storage, transport and disposal of waste batteries, and anyone failing to comply with these regulations is committing an offence.

Your Responsibilities

  bullet point Depending on the category of battery, a pre-numbered Consignment Note must be purchased from SEPA.
  bullet point Pre-notify SEPA of the collection(s) to be made.
  bullet point The initial collection needs to be made no sooner than three days after pre-notification but within 28 days of it being made. Subsequent movements of the same material from the same consignor using the same carrier to the same consignee can be made without further pre-notification for a period of one year.
  bullet point Copies of the Consignment Note must accompany the load.
  bullet point Carriers rounds rules can apply. This allows multiple collections on one consignment of the same material type from different customers.

For cross-border movements to England and Wales a SEPA Consignment Note must be used but not necessarily notified to SEPA and no Hazardous Waste Registration of the site is required for the EA in England and Wales. The consignment must also be notified as part of the quarterly returns procedure to the EA in England and Wales.
For movements of Special Waste into Scotland a Consignment Note under the Hazardous Waste Regulations (England and Wales) is used. It must be pre-notified to the SEPA office as described above and then a copy of the consignment note returned to SEPA by the consignee once the disposal is completed.

NORTHERN IRELAND - The Hazardous Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

The regulations in Northern Ireland are similar to those in Scotland, however consignment note formats similar to those in England and Wales are used.

All batteries are effectively classed as Hazardous Waste. This is because they can contain corrosive materials such as sulphuric acid or potassium hydroxide, as well as heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. Some can be explosive under certain conditions.

The Hazardous Waste Regulations contain strict rules for the storage, transport and disposal of waste batteries, and anyone failing to comply with these regulations is committing an offence.

Your Responsibilities.

  bullet point Depending on the category of battery, purchase a pre-numbered Consignment Note from EHSNI
  bullet point Pre-notify EHSNI of the collection(s) to be made.
  bullet point The initial collection needs to be made no sooner than three days after pre-notification but within 28 days of it being made. Subsequent movements of the same materials from the same consignor using the same carrier to the same consignee can be made without further pre-notification for a period of one year.
  bullet point Copies of the Consignment Note must accompany the load.
  bullet point Carriers rounds rules can apply. This allows multiple collections on one consignment of the same material type from different customers.

For cross-border movements to England and Wales an EHSNI Consignment Note must be used but not necessarily notified to EHSNI and no Hazardous Waste Registration of the site is required for the EA in England and Wales. The consignment returns must also be notified as part of the quarterly returns procedure to the EA in England and Wales.