Introduction to waste management

Support and advice for waste issues in Northern Ireland


The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is the main environmental regulator in Northern Ireland. NIEA provides guidance about complying with your waste obligations, including waste management licensing, hazardous waste and packaging.

Your business may need to apply for a licence, permit, exemption or register with NIEA for certain business waste activities - access online application forms for certain waste activities.

Your business can reduce costs by becoming more resource efficient - eliminating waste in all areas of your business. Invest Northern Ireland has a range of support to help your business identify inefficient processes, where waste can be prevented, and how to turn waste into a business opportunity.

Your particular business sector will have different environmental concerns and obligations than others. For information on waste issues you need to be aware of in your sector, find environmental guidance for specific business types.

The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) organisation operates in Northern Ireland to help develop the recycling industry and to promote resource efficiency - find out more about WRAP environmental advice, support and events.