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Reminder to companies shipping hazardous waste for disposal

Monday, 8 August 2016

Companies planning to ship hazardous waste for disposal off the Island are reminded they must inform the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA).

The shipment of hazardous waste is regulated to protect the public and the environment.

Hazardous waste includes:

  • asbestos
  • chemicals, eg brake fluid or print toner
  • batteries
  • solvents
  • pesticides
  • oils (except edible ones), eg car oil
  • equipment containing ozone depleting substances, eg fridges
  • hazardous waste containers.

DEFA must seek the permission of the UK Environment Agency for such shipments to take place to England and Wales.

As DEFA is about to renew its permissions with the UK for the next three years, the deadline for notifications from companies planning to export hazardous waste for disposal in 2017, 2018 and 2019 is 31 August 2016.

Companies exporting hazardous waste for disposal may be committing a criminal offence if they don’t inform DEFA.

For information, contact Simon Renton, Environmental Protection Unit Manager, DEFA, Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St John’s, IM4 3AS. Tel +44 1624 685892. Email

Different rules apply to shipments of hazardous/non-hazardous waste that is destined to be recycled.

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