The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published new guidance on the Hazardous Waste Regulations.
The rules which came into effect in July this year govern the most dangerous wastes and have been amended to incorporate three new guidance notes.
The first relates to offences under the regulations, setting out in detail potential convictions, related fines and prison terms for breaking rules.
The third alteration relates to setting out the transitional provisions for those managing hazardous waste under existing permits or exemptions from permitting requirements.
A Defra spokesman said: “The guidance will be of interest to the waste management industry as well as businesses that generate and have to dispose of hazardous wastes, such as those in the construction, motor, oil and manufacturing industries.”
For copies of the Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005) and the guidance, go to www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/special/ .