Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You are legally responsible for ensuring that all waste your business produces or handles is stored, transported and disposed of safely - this is your duty of care.
Pesticides and biocides are likely to be classed as hazardous/special waste. You will have to separate this from other waste.
You must ensure that anyone you pass your waste on to is authorised to take and transport it, and that they take it to an authorised disposal site. You can find who is allowed to deal with your waste in our guideline:
As the waste producer, you must ensure that all waste leaving your site is covered by a waste transfer note, or a consignment note if it is hazardous/special waste.
You must keep copies of waste transfer notes for two years and consignment notes for three years.
You should treat water used for washing down equipment or rinsing empty containers as dilute pesticides or biocides. There are different disposal options for dealing with dilute pesticides, biocides and wash water:
Read Section 5 of the DAERA Code of practice for using plant protection products
You may need to register an exemption from waste management licensing to dispose of wash water from pesticide and biocide containers.
You must transport and dispose of concentrates and ready-to-use formulations as hazardous waste. You must use a waste contractor.
You should never dilute concentrates or ready-to-use formulations to dispose of them as dilute pesticides or biocides.
Check product labels to see if your waste containers and packaging should be rinsed. You must never rinse or clean containers of hydrogen cyanide gassing powders or aluminium, magnesium or zinc phosphates as they react with moisture to produce a poisonous gas.
If your containers and packaging can be rinsed, you must follow the product label instructions and rinse the container, the lid and foil seal. Place the rinsed foil seal inside the container. You can dispose of containers that have been triple rinsed and drained as normal waste.
If your containers cannot be rinsed, you must handle them as if they contain pesticides or biocides. You must dispose of them as hazardous/special waste.
Reduce your waste pesticides and biocides by following the codes of good practice.
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