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Consignment note

Consignment note

If you send hazardous waste from your premises, you must complete a consignment note. Use our form to stay on the right side of the law.

Legal requirement

The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 introduced the duty to record the transfer of hazardous waste from a producer to a waste carrier on a Consignment Note. In summary, this document asks the producer to detail the waste they wish to be collected, the quantity, the chemical/biological components and the physical form of the product, i.e. liquid, solid etc.


On 1 April 2016 the government introduced a changes to the procedure. Previously, any organisation that produced more than 500kg of hazardous waste in a year had a duty to register with the Environment Agency (EA). They received a registration number to include on the consignment note. This duty has been dropped. As a producer you must now use the first six letters of your business name. As before, you must add a five number reference code of your choosing.

Note. This change only applies in England. Producers in Wales are still required to register with Natural Resources Wales.


Do not be tempted to continue using your registration number. If you’re audited, the EA will deem that the note hasn’t been completed properly. Plus, the carrier is unlikely to accept it.

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