Introduction to this document

Guidance note - managing hazardous waste

If you need to dispose of batteries, chemicals, oils, etc. you must comply with the hazardous waste legislation. Our guidance note explains how this applies to your business as a waste producer.

What is hazardous waste?

The types of waste we’re referring to are materials and substances which are regarded as being particularly harmful to humans or the environment if not properly managed. For example, asbestos, chemicals, pesticides, batteries, non-edible oils and fridges.

Our Guidance Note - Managing Hazardous Waste outlines what you are expected to do as the waste producer.

What’s covered?

Our guidance note includes a step-by-step guide to waste disposal. The details include:

  • separation of wastes
  • using a licenced carrier
  • issuing a consignment note; and
  • record keeping.

We’ve included information in our document to help you complete consignment notes in England after April 2016. Existing codes are obsolete from this date. Other parts of the UK are unaffected by this change.