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Hazardous Waste

Last updated: 3 December 2014

picture of Lead Acid BatteriesIf you produce, transport, or receive hazardous waste you will be regulated by 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 (.PDF 380Kb)Opens in New window.

Further technical information on Hazardous Waste can be found here.

Update -  November 2014

Consultation - Waste Classification and Assessment- Technical Guidance - WM3

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

Visit the Environment Agency Consultation - Waste Classification and Assessment- Technical Guidance page Opens in New window to find out more