Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste import and export environmental legislation

Waste import and export environmental legislation

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of environmental legislation relating to importing and exporting waste. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

Environmental management systems and environmental reports

UK wide waste import and export legislation

European Community (EC) Regulation on shipments of waste 1013/2006 European legislation that provides the framework for controls on importing and exporting waste.

EC Regulation 669/2008 on completing Annex IC of Regulation 1013/2006 European legislation that provides specific instructions for completing notification and movement documents under Regulation 1013/2006.

Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations SI 2007/1711Sets out rules for shipping waste, including within the European Community, and importing and exporting to and from countries outside the EC.

Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (Amendment) Regulations SI 2008/9 Amends 2007/1711 by introducing new penalties for failing to provide proper documentation when exporting waste for recovery.

Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (Amendment) Regulations 2014 SI 861Amends the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 to redefine the competent authorities and transfer some of the responsibilities from the Secretary of State to the Environment Agency, SEPA, DOENI; and Environment Agency to Natural Resources Wales. Provide a power for HMRC to disclose information to competant authorities for enforcement purposes; allow Border Force to stop and detain waste for up to five working days in prescribed circumstances. Make changes to the fees for notification of waste shipments starting or finishing in Northern Ireland.

You may also need to know about and comply with legislation on:

Duty of care – your waste responsibilities

Waste carriers, brokers and dealers

You can also find current and future legislation lists:

NetRegs legislation

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