New regulations affect all companies transporting their own waste

If you normally and regularly transport your own waste, you now need to register as a waste carrier.

By Lee Petts, Remsol.

From January 2014, waste producers that normally and regularly transport their own wastes must register as a waste carrier.

When the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 entered force a couple of years ago, they ushered in a series of changes.

The more headline-grabbing ones were the introduction of a legal requirement to implement the Waste Hierarchy and the creation of a new class of hazard, H13 Sensitising, to take account of when classifying waste as hazardous or not.

However, they also discreetly introduced a requirement for businesses that 'normally and regularly' transport their own waste to register with the Environment Agency (or Natural Resources Wales) as a registered carrier in accordance with the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989.

Transitional exemptions have so far meant that affected businesses have been able to avoid registering, but these transitional arrangements expire at the end of December 2013.

Retailers could be particularly affected: it has become increasingly popular for them to operate back-loading schemes where dry recyclable wastes are loaded onto lorries used to deliver fresh produce, and sent back to central warehouses or depots to be aggregated and stored temporarily until a sufficient quantity exists to warrant collection by a waste contractor.

Moves like this have enabled retailers to reduce the infrastructure costs of recycling equipment (like balers and compactors) at every store location, whilst also benefiting from transport efficiencies and scale economies. From 1 January 2014, retailers and other affected businesses that are not appropriately registered will be committing an offence if they transport their own wastes.