Where Can I Find the Information to Include on a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note?
Premises who produce hazardous waste should be using a licenced waste carrier to collect and transport all hazardous waste. A copy of the consignment will travel with the waste to its destination, providing a paper trail to ensure that the waste reaches its intended destination and is disposed of or treated appropriately.
The consignment note is a statutory requirement under the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005, and takes the place of the normal “duty of care” transfer note for hazardous wastes. Some companies use books with three copies: one for the waste producer (consignor); one for the carrier; and one for the contractor (consignee).
Principal Hygiene use iPad technology this is an electronic trial rather than paper, whatever version you use paper or electronic, your contractor should assist you to complete the note, however the responsibility for ensuring that the “consignor’s” sections are completed correctly and signed lies with you as the waste producer. Consignment notes also require a number of different codes, obtained from a range of sources. Some of the information is easily obtainable online, but specialist support is normally required to assign the correct classification codes.
The type of information required to complete a consignment note includes;
• Part A of the note requires a premises code (since April 2016 premises codes are no longer required in England). They are only required if your premises are located in Wales, Scotland or N Ireland and then only if your business produces more than 500kg per annum of hazardous waste.
• The consignment code is assigned by your business. If you have a premises code, it will start with this and then add on a five-character code, which you devise.
• You will also need to enter the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) code for 2007, which best applies to the specific activity producing the waste — not necessarily the code for your overall business. These can be found here.
• Description of the waste: As the waste producer, you are responsible for providing a detailed description of the waste, including the chemical composition, if applicable. Based on this, you will assign a six-digit code from the European Waste Catalogue (EWC).
• You will need to include the hazard codes (H1–H15) assigned to your waste. For example, asbestos has the code H7 — carcinogen category 1. Hazard codes will have been identified by your contractor or specialist as part of the hazardous waste pre-acceptance audit.
• Part B You may also need to fill in Part B relating to the transport of dangerous goods by road (ADR). Wastes subject to ADR are assigned a class (1–9), four-digit UN number and packing group (eg Packing Group Three for the least hazardous). This information is all available online, but you are likely to need the help of a dangerous goods safety adviser, waste contractor or hazardous waste pre-acceptance audit to arrive at the correct information.
• Part C, you will need to check the carrier’s registration number, which is printed on its certificate and also available from the Environment Agency website. By filling in the note correctly, you will ensure that the contractors have the information they need to dispose of or treat the waste safely and in accordance with the law.
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