Introduction to Public Registers

Under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, we are required to maintain a public register containing information relating to waste management activities. We are committed to conducting our business in a manner that is as open and transparent as possible.

Getting in touch

Information may be viewed by personally inspecting public records. You can make arrangements to this by contacting:

Agricultural waste exemptions

Individuals, companies or organisations that are operating an agricultural business, are required to register any activities that are exempt from the need to have a waste management licence.  The Department retains a record of these registrations.

If you wish to check if a farmer has an agricultural waste exemption, you can contact us at or 028 9056 9360

Authorised car breakers

If your vehicle is ready for the breaker’s yard, you must take it to an Authorised Treatment Facility because scrap vehicles are hazardous waste. Do not give scrap vehicles to unlicensed illegal sites. The requirements of the End of Life Vehicle legislation are:

  • all waste vehicles must be de-polluted at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)
  • ATFs must issue a Certificate of Destruction to the last owner
  • vehicle manufacturers are responsible for ensuring there is an adequate network of ATFs and customers must be offered free take back

The ATFs in Northern Ireland can be downloaded using the link below.

The ATF will notify the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency that your car has been legally scrapped. If you fail to use an ATF to scrap your vehicle you will be breaking the law.

Pollution prevention & control permits

Certain waste activities above certain thresholds may require a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit rather than a waste licence.

Examples of these activities are waste incineration and disposal of waste by landfill.

These activities are described in more detail in Schedule 1, Section 5 of the Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 Visit the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) section for guidance documents and application forms.

Preparation of a waste PPC application can be a complex process and it can be difficult to determine what activities fall under PPC regulation.  Therefore it is recommended that you contact NIEA before starting to prepare an application.

You can view the current PPC permit list using the link below

For further information on waste PPC permits, please contact Colin Millar on 028 9262 3266 or email

Packaging waste producers

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations Northern Ireland 2007 (and amendments) require producers to recover and recycle packaging waste.

Packaging is defined as any product made of material used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery, or presentation of goods and is normally made from glass, aluminium, steel, paper/fibreboard, plastic or wood.

If you have a turnover of more than £2 million and handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging you may be required to register with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

The public register of producers may be accessed on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) using the link below.

For further information contact the producer responsibility unit.

Approved Batteries Exporters (ABEs)

The public register is periodically updated to reflect any changes to the status of approved batteries exporters (ABEs), but may not be up to date at any given time.

There are currently no approved batteries exporters registered in the year 2017.

If you have any questions you can contact the batteries team.

National Packaging Waste Database

The National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) is an online database that provides the following services:

  • on-line registration for producers registering directly with an agency
  • on-line registration for compliance schemes
  • issuing of 'Electronic Packaging Waste Recovery Notes' (ePRNs) and 'Electronic Packaging Waste Export Recovery Notes' (ePERNs)
  • on-line submission of quarterly returns by reprocessors and exporters
  • on-line accreditation of reprocessors and exporters
  • electronic statements and certificates of compliance
  • compliance monitoring of producers, schemes, reprocessors and exporters
  • free-rider monitoring
  • packaging reports

For technical queries about how to use NPWD and for reporting problems please call 0870 8506 506.

For business and regulatory queries in Northern Ireland, please call 028 9056 9338.

Further information

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