Consignment Note Changes – April 1st 2016 onwards

March 15, 2016

Premises Registration:

Producers of hazardous waste in England will no longer need to notify their premises with the Environment Agency, even if they produce of store over 500kg of Hazardous waste per year; however you must continue to have a valid registration up until 1st April 2016. Sites that produce waste in Wales and Scotland will still be required to register sites as the current system.

Consignment Note Code Format:

To accommodate the removal of premises registration the format of the consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change regardless of the amount of hazardous waste produced, stored or handled. The first six characters of the consignment note code (currently the premises registration number) must be replaced by the first six letters or numbers (not symbols) of the business name – see the Environment Agency example below.  The waste producer should ensure consistent use of the organisation name on all consignment notes with all waste contractors. The code ‘EXEMPT’ can no longer be used.

There will be guidance on from 1st April 2016.

Please check that you are using the correct format on the consignment note number.  Legally you are still required to use the current format on the consignment notes up until 1st April 2016.

Due to these impending changes we request that you confirm to us the six letters /numbers you wish to use from the 1st April 2016 and we request that this information is submitted as soon as possible or when an order is placed, which will allow us to update our systems accordingly.

SIC Code Changes:

The requirement for the SIC code on the consignment note will also change

Currently SIC 2003, SIC 2007 or NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) are accepted on the consignment note.

From 1st April 2016, changes in the Hazardous Waste Regulation specifying the use of SIC 2007 will be implemented.

This change matches the requirements for waste transfer notes (for non-hazardous waste).

If you have any query relating to this or any other waste management issue, please contact our technical helpline on 01270 750461.