Your legal obligations

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As a waste producer, you have certain legal obligations that you must follow.

We aim to keep you fully updated on the latest legislative requirements and other developments affecting waste management practices.

Our local teams will be happy to advise you wherever possible, and as our customer, we will inform you of your obligations and help you to ensure that you meet them.

Below we have provided you with information about the legal requirements that may impact your business:


Materials export

With increasing levels of recycling in the UK and Europe it is important to acknowledge that the export of recyclates must play an essential part in the continued reduction in demand for global natural resources.

Although it is preferable to supply local markets in the first instance, materials supply frequently outstrips local demand, meaning outlets further afield must be sought.

In order to legally export recyclates, strict controls, documentation, load tracking and quality assurance are put in place. Each receiving country also has its own different legal requirements which must be followed for these materials to be properly exported.

For more information see the materials export advice on the Netregs website.  

Duty of care

Ensuring your duty of care is kept up-to-date is all part of our service. 

The requirements for your environmental audits are taken care of and we will keep your Waste Transfer Notes for the required two year period, ready for inspection at all times. 

For information regarding duty of care, please visit: 

Pre-treatment of waste

Mix of waste and wastes (i.e.Waste producers are responsible for ensuring their waste has been pre-treated before it can be legally accepted at a landfill).

We help our customers meet their Duty of Care for pre-treatment of waste requirements as part of our service.

Wastes are defined as having been treated if the characteristics of the waste have been changed to achieve one of the following:

  • Reduced volume
  • Reduced hazardous nature
  • Facilitated handling
  • Enhanced recovery

There will be a limited number of exceptions to the rule, which apply when waste is inert and treatment is technically unfeasible, or for wastes where treatment would not reduce the quantity, hazard, or environmental impact.

Municipal waste does not require pre-treatment as this has been deemed to have taken place where local authorities have separate collections of recyclable materials in place.


The revised European Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC states that four waste streams – namely paper, metal, plastic and glass – need to be collected separately, “where technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) and appropriate to meet the necessary quality standards for the relevant recycling sectors”. 

We can help you to ensure that your recycling and waste collection complies with TEEP regulations. We will carry out an analysis of the recycling and waste that you produce and verify that both the collection system and subsequent processing is TEEP compliant. 

If you wish to find out more about these new regulations, please visit:

SIC Codes

All businesses must ensure the correct Standard Industry Classification (SIC) Code is included on Waste Transfer Notes. Your local account managers and depots will be pleased to help you ensure all of your paperwork is correct so that you are fully compliant with all regulations.

SIC codes for your industry/business can be found on the Office of National Statistics website. 


The UK has a statutory producer responsibility regime for packaging. This places a legal obligation on businesses which make or use packaging (like raw materials manufacturers, converters, packer/fillers and sellers) to ensure that a proportion of the packaging they place on the market is recovered and recycled.

We can help you to make sure your business complies with this regime. 

Zero Waste

Many of our customers across the UK like our offering of a ‘zero waste to landfill’ service, where we aim to recycle as much material as possible and use what can’t be recycled for energy recovery.

Scotland Zero Waste Regulations

As part of the Waste Scotland Regulations passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, waste producers in Scotland also have a legal requirement to present their waste for recycling.

The aim of the new Regulations is to help Scotland reach its ambitious target of 70% recycling of all waste by 2025.

As of January 2014, businesses in Scotland have been legally required to separate plastic, metal, glass, paper and card and, in many cases, food for collection.

In January 2016, the legislation was extended to ensure that all businesses producing over 5kg of food waste per week must also separate out food waste for collection.

Where food collections are available, it is illegal to dispose of food into the public sewer, for example, by using a macerator.