Fines for non-licensed waste carriers, are you registered?

Enforcement officers from the Environment Agency are cracking down on people who aren’t authorised to carry waste. Under the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, anyone who carries waste must be registered as a licensed waste carrier.

People who often get caught out include tradesmen such as builders, plumbers, joiners taking waste materials from a job back to their premises to be disposed of into a skip.

Some examples of wastes from construction / demolition works include:

– baths
– sinks
– fences
– windows
– walls
– doors
– plasterboard
– pipe-work
– radiators
– any items that had been part of, or had been, an infrastructure
– wastes from the exploration for, or extraction of, mineral resources

Tradesmen who are not registered as waste carriers can be given a fine of up to £5,000.

To register with the EA as a waste carrier costs £154 as of May 2012. For more information go to the relevant pages on the EA website.