Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Waste is hard to define, but is generally anything that you discard, intend to discard or are required to discard. This covers more than just objects and substances you have decided to dispose of. Material being recovered, eg sent for recycling or prepared for reuse, is also waste.
Examples of waste include:
Once a substance or object has become waste, it will remain waste until it has been fully recovered and no longer poses a potential threat to the environment or human health. When something becomes waste it becomes more tightly regulated.
If you are not sure whether a substance or object is classed as waste, contact your environmental regulator.
Business waste or trade waste or commercial waste is any material disposed of by any organisation, whether for profit or not and whether public or private.
Domestic waste is waste generated by households.
NetRegs guidance refers to business waste.
Waste that is harmful to human health or the natural environment is known as hazardous waste in Northern Ireland and special waste in Scotland.
Examples of hazardous/special waste include:
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The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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