The Killgerm sponsored Waste Disposal Scheme has recently informed us of important updates to the Hazardous Waste Regulations.

From 1st April 2016 there will be two important changes, below is a summary of the changes:

  • Producers of hazardous waste in England will no longer need to notify the Environment Agency of their premises.
  • The format of the unique consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change.


  • Customers who produce or store 500kg or more of hazardous waste per year will NO LONGER need to register their premises with the Environment Agency.
  • These changes only apply to England. It does not affect premises in Wales, who should continue to register with Natural Resources Wales.

Consignment Note Code Format

A completed consignment note must accompany hazardous waste when moved from any premises. The consignment note and the way it is completed will change:

  • To accommodate the removal of premises registration, the format of the consignment note code will change regardless of the amount of hazardous waste produced, stored or handled.
  • If waste is produced in England, 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, for example: Rat Pest Control could be RATPES. This format must be consistently used on each consignment note.
  • ‘EXEMPT’ will no longer be used.
  • The second set of characters will continue to be five numbers or letters of the waste producer/holder’s choosing. E.g. 00001 and sequenced to increase numerically for each subsequent consignment note. This may, on a few specified occasions, be followed by an additional letter.
  • If waste is moved from Wales into England, the consignment note code will not be changed. Welsh producers will still be required to register their premises with Natural Resources Wales and use this in their consignment note code. If the waste is moved from England into Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland the consignment note code will need to use the new format.
  • There will be further guidance on from 1 April 2016.

SIC code

The requirement for the SIC code on the consignment note will change. The Environment Agency currently accept SIC 2003, SIC 2007 or NACE (Nomenciature of Economic Activities) on the consignment note. The change in the Regulations from 1 April 2016, specifying SIC 2007, will match the requirements for non-hazardous waste. The Environment Agency currently have a Regulatory Position to allow different SIC publications and the use of NACE codes to be used; they will continue to allow the use of NACE.

For help in understanding this update and in completing a consignment note, view this step-by-step video HERE