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Everything you need to know about commercial waste permits and licenses

It is a legal regulation for every person disposing of commercial waste to carry certain permits and licenses before visiting a commercial recycling facility. In this article, we explain what you need from a customer’s point of view, and also what you need as a business to run a commercial waste facility legally. 

Are you looking to dispose of commercial waste?

As someone who is disposing of waste either for their own company, or on behalf of someone else, you must comply with certain regulations and hold various commercial waste permits or licenses. 

Registered Waste Carrier License 

This is the first thing you will require by law and you will need to prove that you have this when disposing of waste at any commercial recycling facility. 

There are 2 tiers of the license which we have explained below: 

Lower tier – this is for businesses that are disposing of their own waste (as opposed to hiring a company to remove the waste for them) such as a builder or construction worker. A lower tier license is free and you can register your business for one here.

Upper tier – this is for businesses that are disposing of waste for someone else, for example you may be a skip company, or are a waste broker. You can register for your upper tier license here.  

Waste transfer note

The second piece of compliant paperwork you will require when disposing of waste, either for yourself or for someone else, is a waste transfer note. 

This note can be simply downloaded and filled out ready to show at the commercial recycling facility and should be carried at all times within your waste disposal vehicle. 

Download your waste transfer note >>

This legal document outlines the amount of waste you are responsible for, the type of waste, and also information about yourself. 

Hazardous waste consignment note

The other possible compliance document from a customers’ point of view that we are going to cover is the hazardous waste consignment note. Again, this is a legal document that is required when transporting hazardous waste. 

Download your hazardous waste consignment note >>

Similar to the waste transfer note, this provides the waste facility with information about the waste, including quantities, type and information about the carrier. 

You can find out more information about what qualifies for a waste to be hazardous on our website.

What we have to comply with…

As a commercial recycling company that operates 2 facilities, one in Dorset and one in Somerset, we must carry certain legal documents in order to accept waste into either of our facilities. 

Environmental permits 

For us to operate legally, we need an environmental permit which is issued by the Environmental Agency. We hold 3 of these, one for our Canford waste facility, one for Canford inert waste and one for Southwood in Shepton Mallet. 

On each of these permits we are provided with a list of waste types that are issued with a 6 digit EWC code, this basically explains what waste types that facility can accept and handle. We have to ensure that the waste coming into any of our facilities is compliant with what our permit says. 

Our environmental permit also means that we have been assessed on various categories including: 

  • Waste acceptance 
  • Waste treatment 
  • Waste recovery
  • Risk assessing 
  • Flood prevention

You can learn more about the Environment Agency on the Gov.uk website. 

In addition to the above, we must also take out various types of insurance and planning permissions to accept waste. 

Visit Commercial Recycling for Dorset and Somerset waste disposal

If you’re a business looking to dispose of your commercial waste, you can visit one of our 2 recycling facilities. 

Dorset recycling centre >>

Somerset recycling centre >> 

For more information and tipping prices, or for further advice on the permits you need, visit our website, give us a call on 01202 579579 or email us on enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk

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