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What Is A Hazardous Waste Consignment Note

What Is A Hazardous Waste Consignment Note (HWCN)

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What Is A Hazardous Waste Consignment Note (HWCN)

What Is A HWCN?

A HWCN stands for Hazardous Waste Consignment Note. HWCNs include details on waste that has been collected and transported from one party to another.

These notes must be kept for a minimum of 3 years to be available for audits. This is part of the waste duty of care outlined by the UK Government. 

Each time hazardous waste is collected from your premises, you must ensure you are covered by a hazardous waste consignment note.

What Is On A Hazardous Waste Consignment Note?

Part A: Notification Details

Consignment Note Code

The consignment note code must be your premises code followed by five letters or numbers. You must create a consignment note code and enter it onto the consignment note. 

Address Details

You must include the address of where the hazardous waste will be collected from, along with the location of where the waste will be transported.  

Part B: Description of The Waste

Waste Details

In this section, you will be asked to provide details on:

  • The process giving rise to the waste – You must provide a full written description and the Standard Industrial Classification SIC 2007 code of the process that created the waste.
  • A description of the material.
  • The EWC code – (European Waste Catalogue) code.
  • The quantity of waste.
  • The chemical / biological components of the waste.
  • The physical form – i.e. if it is a liquid, solid or gas.
  • Hazard codes – The hazardous properties the waste possesses.
  • The container type – This includes the type, number and size.

Part C: Carriers Certificate

Part C will be completed by the carrier. This confirms they have checked the details provided by the producer or holder. They will be required to write:

  • Details of the carrier such as name, address, postcode, telephone number, and email address.
  • The carrier’s registration number.
  • The vehicle registration number.
  • Their signature, including the date.

Part D: Consignors Certificate

This section must be completed after the carrier has completed part C but before the waste is removed. This is to confirm all the information in part A, B and C is correct. The consignor must be present when the hazardous waste is collected to sign off the HWCN.

Part E: Consignees Certificate

This final section will be complete once the waste reaches the waste site. The waste carrier will provide 2 copies of the note, which they need to check each section of before completing part E:

  • Each EWC code.
  • The quantity of each EWC code.
  • The waste management operation.
  • The date and time of the waste delivered.
  • The vehicle registration number.
  • Whether waste is accepted or rejected.
  • Contact details and their signature.

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At Collect and Recycle, we specialise in disposing of hazardous waste. Our licensed waste carriers complete HWCNs, ensuring your business follows guidelines and provides a clear audit trail. Get in touch today to book a collection from our professional hazardous waste team.

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