Hazardous waste

If you produce, transport, or receive hazardous waste you must conform to the Hazardous Waste Regulations.

What are hazardous wastes?

Hazardous wastes are those which are dangerous and difficult to handle. If your business produces hazardous waste you have a duty of care to make sure it is disposed of properly.

The purpose of the Hazardous Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 is to provide an effective system of control for these wastes and to make sure that they are soundly managed from their point of production to their final destination for disposal or recovery.

Who do the regulations apply to?

The regulations apply to those who produce, broker/deal, carry and receive hazardous waste to keep, treat or dispose of. This is explained in the guidance leaflet Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 and how they affect you.

Definition and classification of hazardous waste

Together with the Environment Agency, Natural Resource Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency we have produced a detailed technical guidance document called ‘Technical Guidance WM3, Waste Classification - Guidance on the classification and assessment of waste’  

The latest 1st edition, version 1.1 was published on 26th June 2018. This update was precipitated by the necessity to align WM3 with a revised assessment method for HP14 ‘Ecotoxic’, published by the EU (EU 2017/997)* as a regulation, which applies automatically from 5th July 2018.

EU 2017/997 (HP14 Ecotoxic)

Summary of Changes: WM3 (Version 1.1)

  • Chapter 3, Example 3: Amendments to soil example due to revised HP14 and updates to chemical classification
  • Appendix B, Step 2: Revised screen shots, text and links to updates to ECHA website
  • Appendix C: Previous method for HP14 deleted and revised version inserted
  • Throughout: References to (CLP) Table 3.1 amended to Table 3

Link to WM3 (Version 1.1):

Waste Classification and Assessment- Technical Guidance WM3 

Hazardous waste streams

Hazardous Waste streams include:

  • asbestos waste    
  • fluorescent tubes
  • clinical waste       
  • chemicals
  • used oil filters
  • brake fluid
  • batteries (lead acid, Ni-Cd and mercury)        
  • some printer toner cartridges
  • waste paint and thinners   
  • some catalytic converters / diesel particulate filters (from 1 Jan 2019)
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

PCBs are recognised as a threat to the environment due to their toxicity, persistence and tendency to build up in the bodies of animals.

Consignment Note System

A standard coding system has been introduced whereby a consignment note with a unique code must be used for a particular movement of hazardous waste. We dispense, control and administer these notes.

We have produced guidance documentation to help explain how to use consignment notes.

The Pre-notification may be carried out via e-mail (preferred method) or by fax (contact details can be found below).

Fees

Fees allow us to meet the cost of supervising hazardous waste movements. The fees vary depending on the type of movement involved, either £24, £10, or in certain cases the codes will be given out free of charge.

One of the features of the consignment note is the need in Part B to enter the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2007) code for the process giving rise to the waste. 

Other regulation requirements

The regulations include restrictions on the mixing of wastes, revised requirements for record keeping, periodic inspections of waste producers' facilities by our staff and fixed penalty notices for certain offences.

For further information you can telephone us on 028 9056 9710. For Prenotification our Fax number is 028 9056 9310 and emails can be sent to hazwaste@daera-ni.gov.uk

Updates

Revised classification of Catalytic Converters (including diesel particulate filters) from 1st Jan 2019

Some catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters (DPF) may contain refractory ceramic fibre (RCF) support matting. RCF is classified as a Category 1B carcinogen and has properties very similar to that of asbestos. This means that catalytic converters/DPFs (which have been removed from a vehicle) containing an RCF mat, must be classified as hazardous waste.

For further assistance please contact the Hazardous Waste team.

 

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