Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste Carriers - operating in different parts of the UK

Waste Carriers – which countries can you carry waste in?

Registered in Northern Ireland:

If you are registered as a waste carrier with the NIEA you are able to collect and carry waste in Northern Ireland.

If you wish to carry waste in Scotland, England or Wales you must register as a waste carrier in one of these countries. Usually that will be the country where you will do most work. This will allow you to carry waste anywhere in Great Britain (Scotland, England and Wales).


Registered in Scotland:

If you are registered as a waste carrier with SEPA, you can operate anywhere in Great Britain (that is in Scotland, England and Wales). If you are registered as a waste carrier with either the Environment Agency in England or with Natural Resources Wales, you can also operate anywhere in Great Britain, including Scotland.

If you want to carry waste in Northern Ireland you will need to apply for a waste carriers licence from the NIEA as well.

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