Register or renew as a waste carrier, broker or dealer

Our staff are now home working wherever possible. This means there is a pause on processing copy cards. 

We will process all copy cards purchased, but there will be delay in receiving your card(s).

Who must register

If you normally and regularly transport waste as part of your own business, you will need to be registered as a waste carrier. Normally and regularly means that it’s part of your usual business, even if you do it infrequently.  

If your business arranges for waste from other organisations to be transported, disposed of or recovered, you need to register as a waste broker.

If your business buys and sells waste, or uses an agent to do it, you need to register as a waste dealer.

It is a criminal offence to transport, deal in or broker waste without being registered with us which carries a maximum fine of £5000.

Find out if the activities you do mean you're a waste carrier, broker or dealer, and which tier you must register in.

Check if you do not need to register

You do not need to register if you:

  • are a householder carrying waste produced at home and not as the result of any business activity
  • are a landowner removing fly-tipping from your land
  • only carry waste between different places within the same premises
  • only carry waste by air or sea from a place in Great Britain (England, Scotland or Wales) to any place outside Great Britain
  • only carry waste from a country outside Great Britain to the first point of arrival
  • carry waste for a marine operation that either requires a marine licence or can be carried out under a marine exemption

Apply to the correct regulator

If your business is based in Wales, you must register with us and follow this guidance.

If your business is based in England, contact the Environment Agency. In Scotland, contact SEPA.

Apply to register or renew 

Charges

There is no charge for a lower tier registration. You do not need to renew a lower tier registration.

The cost of a new upper tier registration is £154. This expires after three years. The cost of renewing an upper tier registration before the expiry date is £105.

You can renew your upper tier registration during the six months before its expiry date. Your new registration will begin the day after your current registration expires. You will need your registration number and the unique code we send you in your renewal letter or email.

All registrations are VAT exempt. We do not send invoices or receipts of VAT.

Declare relevant convictions

If you register in the upper tier you must tell us if you, an existing partner, director, manager, company secretary or similar have been convicted of an offence listed below. These are convictions that may mean you cannot register in the upper tier.

You should also tell us if you, an existing partner, director, manager, company secretary or similar has been convicted of a relevant offence since the registration was issued.

Current relevant convictions are for offences under the following legislation:

  • Section 110(2) of the Environment Act 1995
  • Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964
  • Section 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 22 or 25 of the Theft Act 1968, where the offence relates to scrap metal or is an environment-related offence
  • Section 170 or 170B of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, where the
  • offence relates to scrap metal
  • Section 9 of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985
  • Section 1, 5 or 7 of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989
  • Section 33, 34 or 34B of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Section 85, 202 or 206 of the Water Resources Act 1991
  • Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 1994
  • Section 110 of the Environment Act 1995
  • Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999
  • Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000
  • Part 1 of the Vehicles (Crimes) Act 2001
  • Regulation 17(1) of the Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002
  • Section 327, 328 or 330 to 332 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005
  • Hazardous Waste (Wales) Regulations 2005
  • Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006, where the offence relates to scrap metal or is an environment related offence
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006
  • Regulation 38 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007
  • Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007
  • Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007
  • Regulation 38 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
  • Regulation 42 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011
  • Section 146 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013
  • Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

You do not need to tell us about any spent convictions. Find out about spent convictions in Guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 on GOV.UK

After you register or renew

We will send you confirmation of registration. If we cannot accept the registration for any reason, such as relevant convictions, we will let you know.

Your reference number is proof of your registration and confirmation you are registered.

Once registered your business will appear on the waste carriers, brokers and dealers public register.

Copy cards

You can order copy cords from us which are credit card-sized documents containing information about your registration. It is not compulsory to hold a copy card but might help you show your registration details to others.

Order copy cards when you register or renew online, or call us on 0300 065 3000.

You can order multiple cards. They cost £5.00 each.

If you need to change your registration

You must let us know about changes to your registration details within 28 days of the change.

Activity type

You can change your activity type, for example, if you are registered as a carrier and dealer, you can change to carrier, broker and dealer. We can do this free of charge.

Call us on 0300 065 3000.

Legal entity

If your business's legal entity changes, you will need to make a new application for registration. A change of legal entity happens where:

  • you, as a sole trader, change to a limited company
  • your partnership becomes a limited company
  • a new individual takes over your business
  • a company takes over your business and it becomes a new legal entity, with a new company number.

Tiers

You cannot change a lower tier registration into an upper tier registration. You would need to apply for a new registration and pay the £154 fee.

Who your registration covers

Registration Who is covered by the registration
Individual or sole trader The individual and any person employed by that individual as an employee who is undertaking work for the individual
Company Anyone employed by the company as an employee undertaking work for the company
Partnership Any specified partner and anyone employed by the partnership as an employee undertaking work for the partnership
Charity or voluntary organisation Anyone employed by the charity or voluntary organisation undertaking work for the charity or voluntary organisation
The Local Authority (LA) Any employee of the LA undertaking work on behalf of the LA
The Secretary of State for a department

Any employee of the department whilst undertaking work on behalf of the department. Note the registration would apply to all parts of the department.

Your responsibilities

Once you have registered as a waste carrier, broker or dealer you have responsibilities around transporting waste.

Read more about your duty of care.

Read more about moving hazardous waste.

Refunds

For upper tier carriers, we will provide refunds to customers based outside Wales who incorrectly register with us, or if you accidentally register with us twice.

To request a refund, email enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk.

Provide: 

  • the reason for the request
  • your reference number
  • the payee name on the card you used to pay for the registration.

Refunds can take up to 30 working days.

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