The new Hazardous Waste ( England and Wales ) Regulations 2005 will be implemented on 16th July 2005 . There are many changes to the current Special Waste Regulations, but the two key ones are that Hazardous waste producers will be required to pre-register before any Hazardous waste can be collected from their premises and the Regulations apply the European Waste Catalogue codes of Hazardous wastes that will affect a much wider range of producers.

The list below is not exhaustive, but summarises the main requirements. There is also a range of web links that will get you more detail.

  • From 16th July 2005 , it will be an offence for hazardous waste to be collected from a site that has not been registered or is exempt.
  • All non-exempt sites that produce hazardous waste must be registered even if they are unlikely to have that waste collected for some time. Recent EA Guidance has clarified that it is an offence to produce hazardous waste on site and not be registered.
  • The Regulations will implement, through the List of Wastes ( England ) Regulations 2005, the European Waste Catalogue list of Hazardous wastes for the purposes of collection. This can be found at and will mean that things like PC monitors, PC base units, fridges, TVs, oily rags and separately collected fluorescent tubes will require collection under the new hazardous waste notification and documentation procedures.
  • From 16th April, the EA will accept postal registrations. From 3rd May, Registrations can be made on line through the following website

    There is also a guide that takes you through the registration process.
  • Each site producing hazardous waste has to have a separate registration although multiple sites can be registered on the same notification. Therefore, a head office could register all its sites centrally, but each site would have a separate unique registration number and require a separate fee.
  • Some sites are exempt if they expect to produce less that 200kgs of hazardous waste a year – although they would then have to register if, part way through the year, they went over the threshold. These include agricultural premises, office premises, shops, premises where WEEE is collected, dental, veterinary and medical practices and ships. The EA indicate that 200kgs is approximately 10 small TVs, 500 fluorescent tubes or 5 small domestic fridges.
  • Domestic waste is excluded from the Hazardous Waste Regulations on collection from the domestic property, but is then subject to the Regulations if it is separately collected or if it consists of asbestos. This includes Prescription Only Medicines (other than cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines) which will be hazardous waste.
  • The Regulations will require a new consignment note to be used from 16th July 2005 in place of the current Section 62. Each consignment will require a fee to be paid to the EA by the consignee with their quarterly returns to the Agency. Clearly, this will be charged back to the collector, but a consignment might well attract more than one consignment fee if, for instance, it goes through a transfer station and the collector would have to ensure that this was considered in the price.
  • Collection rounds will be possible but again, each site where the waste is collected would have to be left a copy of the consignment note, so the process of tracking and the paper trail will get quite complex especially as each collection will count as a consignment from the fee point of view.
  • The Regulations ban the mixing of Hazardous waste and state that it must be stored separately on site. However, clarification on the interpretation of this is still awaited from the EA as it would, for instance, preclude the collection of computer systems that included a base unit and screen.
  • Registration as a Hazardous Waste producer places a statutory duty on the EA to inspect the site where the hazardous waste arises.