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Hazardous waste rules changing

clip_image002From 1st April 2016, premises that produce hazardous waste in England will no longer be required to register with the Environment Agency in order to dispose of their waste. The government has implemented this change because they are trying to reduce the amount of red tape businesses have to adhere to and therefore make the process easier.

Presently, businesses must register every year with the Environment Agency if they remove, produce or collect more than 500kg of hazardous waste. The changes from 1st April 2016 will only affect premises in England - premises in Wales will need to continue to register with Natural Resources Wales.

Additionally, the format of the consignment note will change for any quantity of hazardous waste and the old format will no longer be accepted. More information about these changes can be found here and some frequently asked questions about premises registration can be found here

In a previous blog we discussed methods of disposing and what is considered hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is defined as any product that could be harmful to the environment or humans and therefore must be disposed of correctly. This is because the chemicals can cause significant damage to soil, water supplies and the atmosphere.

Households should take any hazardous waste to one Leicestershire’s household waste recycling centres so that it can be disposed of correctly. LSPS does not dispose of hazardous waste but for information on our waste recycling and waste disposal services please click here or contact us on 0800 083 7807.

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