Waste carriers' licences

If you're operating a waste carrier business, you must have a licence from the Environment Agency.

Anyone who handles waste must take all reasonable steps to ensure that it's managed properly. Handling includes producing, importing, keeping, storing, transporting, treating or disposing of it. 

If you breach this duty of care, you could receive a penalty fine of up to £5000 if convicted in the Magistrates court. The fine is unlimited if you're convicted in the Crown Court.

Duty of care regulations apply to commercial premises/businesses, householders, and those who transport waste. Find out more about householder's duty of care for their waste.

Report someone who may not have a licence to carry waste

You should always check that anyone removing waste from your premises is authorised to do so.

Find out how to check if a waste carrier has a licence on our householder's duty of care web page.

You can report an unlicensed waste carrier to us using our online form.