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New Wales operator waste return and deadlines for returns

Operators with an environmental permit have to complete waste returns to tell Natural Resources Wales about the waste they have received or removed from their site

Natural Resources Wales uses this information to:

  • monitor a site’s compliance with their environmental permit conditions
  • compile national statistics about waste

We have produced a new waste returns spreadsheet that incorporates the requirements of the Environmental Permitting Regulations Amendment 2014 for Materials Facilities. We will send you the relevant spreadsheet when we send you a reminder to submit your returns. Please ensure you only use this version of the spreadsheet to submit your return as other versions will be rejected by our database. It is important that you complete all of the mandatory fields within the spreadsheet and use your EPR (Environmental Permitting Regulations)number rather than any historical reference numbers. If you have not received a reminder and require the spreadsheet please contact us.

Waste returns spreadsheet for email returns

Waste facilities that are not Materials Facilities need only complete the first sections in the three sheets in the workbook that are headed in blue, Materials Facilities need to complete the full sheets.

If within your facility there are several waste operations undertaken under a single permit we need more than one return to be completed in order to separately document the waste inputs and outputs from each waste operation.

You can email your return using this spreadsheet (s)

Contact Natural Resources Wales if you have problems emailing your return.

Please note that the facility/operation categories have been updated to take account of the revised definition of landfill types as a result of the Landfill Regulations 2002. The spreadsheet also includes standard permit types provided for in the standard rules under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 and subsequent amendments. If you operate a materials facility the spreadsheet also includes the additional data required for Material Facilities under the Environmental Permitting amendment Regulations 2014.

Waste tonnage paper return form

If you cannot submit your return by emailing the completed spreadsheet template, you can complete a paper return form. Please contact us to request a paper form.

Deadlines for submitting waste returns

Quarterly returns
Quarters Deadline for return
January 1 to March 31 April 30
April 1 to June 30 July 31
July 1 to September 30 October 31
October 1 to December 31 January 31


Yearly returns
Annual return period Deadline for return
January 1 to December 31 January 31 of the following year

How to complete your waste return

You can complete your returns in one of two ways:

Natural Resources Wales
Customer Care Centre
29 Newport Rd
Cardiff, CF24 0TP

Related document downloads

Picklists PDF [579.0 KB]
Waste Tonnage Return Guidance Notes Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 PDF [434.4 KB]

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