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Hazardous Waste

Last updated: 14 May 2015

picture of Lead Acid BatteriesIf you produce, transport, or receive hazardous waste you must conform to the Hazardous Waste Regulations.

What are hazardous wastes?

Hazardous wastes are those which are dangerous and difficult to handle. If your business produces hazardous waste you have a duty of care to make sure it is disposed of properly.

The purpose of the Hazardous Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 is to provide an effective system of control for these wastes and to make sure that they are soundly managed from their point of production to their final destination for disposal or recovery.

Who do the regulations apply to?

The regulations apply to those who produce, broker/deal, carry and receive hazardous waste to keep, treat or dispose of. This is explained in the guidance leaflet Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 and how they affect you.

New - Waste Classification and Assessment- Technical Guidance - WM3

The way waste is classified is changing significantly on 1st June 2015. As a result we will be updating our guidance on waste classification

You should continue to use the existing guidance (WM2) until this change happens.The new guidance (WM3) is provided below to help you prepare for the change.Further information on the changes will be provided once it becomes available.

Useful links:

Waste Classification and Assessment- Technical Guidance WM3Opens in New window

Further technical information on Hazardous Waste.

Hazardous Waste Regulations.

Duty of care

Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 and how they affect you (.PDF 380Kb)Opens in New window