Waste Legislation

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Environmental Business Products is committed to ensuring that all the boxes are ticked and all the paperwork is provided so that your transfer of ink and toner waste is legally covered, your duty of care is fulfilled and your environmental audits are passed.

All organisations in the UK have a duty of care to manage their waste properly. This duty of care is provided under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA). EBP requires all its customers to adopt the waste hierarchy policy (as required by Regulation 12 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011) when it comes to the handling and disposing of waste. Article 4 of the revised EU Waste Framework Directive sets out 4 stages that all organisations should consider before finally having no option but to dispose of their waste (Stage 5):

Stage Include
Prevention using less material in design and manufacture, keeping products for longer, re-use, using less hazardous materials
Preparing for Re-use checking, cleaning, repairing, refurbishing, whole items or spare parts
Recycling turning waste into a new substance or product, includes composting if it meets quality protocols
Other recovery includes anaerobic digestion, incineration with energy recovery, gasification and pyrolysis which produce energy (fuels, heat and power) and materials from waste, some backfilling

Environmental Business Products waste exemption for treating waste toner and inkjet cartridges:

By law, all organisations who store other peoples waste require a Waste Management Licence. However those who store and treat waste toner and inkjet cartridges have an exemption from this Waste Management Licence. Environmental Business Products has an exemption from needing a Waste Management Licence under Waste exemption: T16 treating waste toner and ink cartridges published by the Environment Agency on 28th April 2014.

Environmental Business Products Waste Management Exemption reference: EPR/BH0718TZ/A001. You can download a copy of our exemption letter by clicking here: Waste Exemption Letter

Waste Carrier Licences:

All organisations that transfer waste from one place to another by law need to have a Waste Carrier Licence. Environmental Business Products use courier companies to collect your ink and toner waste. Environmental Business Products main courier partner is UK Mail. UK Mail’s Waste Carrier Licence number is CB/ZN5111ZH. The UK Mail Waste Carrier Licence can be viewed online at the Environment Agencies Home of Public Registers.

For large collections of ink and toner cartridges, Environmental Business Products sometimes use Abacus Transport to collect your ink and toner waste. Abacus transports Waste Carrier Licence Number is CB/XM3289HF and can be downloaded here: Abacus Waste Carrier Licence

At Environmental Business Products we also hold our own Waste Carrier Licence. Occasionally one of our own drivers may turn up to collect your box. Environmental Business Products Waste Carrier Licence number is CB/DE5705HR and can be downloaded here: EBP’s Waste Carrier Licence.

Waste Transfer Notes (WTN):

Environmental Business Products adopt the Waste Transfer Note Season Ticket option. This is a single WTN that can cover multiple transfers over a period of up to 12 months. Season Tickets can be used as long as all of the following stay the same:

  • the parties involved in the transfer - the waste producer and the waste carrier or waste disposal business
  • the description of the waste being transferred
  • the place where the waste is transferred from one person to the other

Environmental Business Products refer to these season tickets as ‘Annual Waste Transfer Notes’.

You will be issued with your Annual WTN automatically when you arrange a collection through this website. The WTN will be sent to the email address that you enter when you register. The WTN is a legal document and must be kept on file for no less than 2 years. The WTN will then cover any collections you book for the 12 month period after the date of issue on the WTN and within the time period laid out on the WTN. Your WTN will automatically be renewed the next time you request a collection after the WTN has expired.

At the end of the 12 month period you will be issued with a report of everything that has been collected from your site within that 12 month period. This report will include the total quantity of items collected and the total weight of those items.

Environmental Business Products have got written permission from the Environment Agency to say that our WTN’s do not require a signature by both parties. When you register online you will not be able to register unless you tick the box to confirm the following statement:

“I agree I am authorised to act on behalf of my organisation in regard to the movement of controlled waste in accordance with Waste Regulations 2011”

The act of ticking this box constitutes an e-signature and therefore no actual signature is required on the document.

Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities (SIC) Codes:

The United Kingdom Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities (SIC) codes are used to classify organisations by the economic activity that they are engaged in. All organisations will have at least one SIC code and the SIC codes that are relevant for your business are required by law to appear on your WTN. When you register with Recycling Box, we require you to enter your SIC code. If you are unsure of what your SIC code should be, you can find it by looking on the Companies House website.