Guide

Importing and exporting waste

Waste import and export environmental legislation

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of environmental legislation relating to importing and exporting waste. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

Read more about environmental management systems.

  • European Community (EC) Regulation on shipments of waste 1013/2006. European legislation that provides the framework for controls on importing and exporting waste. EC Shipments of Waste Regulation.
  • EC Regulation 669/2008 on completing Annex IC of Regulation 1013/2006. European legislation that provides specific instructions for completing notification and movement documents under Regulation 1013/2006. EC Regulation 669/2008.
  • Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations SI 2007/1711. Sets out rules for shipping waste, including within the European Community, and importing and exporting to and from countries outside the EC. Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007.
  • Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (Amendment) Regulations SI 2008/9. Amends 2007/1711 by introducing new penalties for failing to provide proper documentation when exporting waste for recovery. Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (Amendment) Regulations 2008.

You may also need to know about and comply with legislation on:

Important: From 1 January 2021, the UK will become a third (non-EU) country.

Waste importers and exporters must prepare for changes to rules around importing and exporting waste.