The Environment Agency has confirmed their position regarding public hygiene pest control spent bait and related items. The following information explains this position and the implication this will have on all pest controllers in order to comply with the law.
- This position is valid in England and Wales only
- A consignment note needs to be generated for all spent bait, items contaminated with spent bait (e.g. bait boxes, PPE, packaging) and empty insecticide bottles etc.
- The pest controller needs to register as a lower tier waste carrier and ensure that his carrier registration number is included on the consignment note
- Every three months pest controllers must make returns using the EA forms using information on the consignment notes, paying a fee of £10 for the return of each classification of waste. This would mean that a maximum charge of £30 could be made if all three classifications of waste are returned (fluorescent tubes, municipal pesticides, aerosols)
- When items are removed from a customer’s premise with the intention of reusing they are not classified as waste and do not require consignment notes and returns to be generated
- These charges only apply to items used in commercial treatments. When items are used in domestic treatments these do not require a consignment note for the movement of that waste back to the pest controllers store, but a consignment note will have to be generated when moving that waste to a waste transfer station or disposal site.
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This information is in accordance with The Environment Agency’s current Regulatory Position Statement and if it is not adhered to this derogation will be removed. The removal of the derogation will result in a charge of £10 being made for each consignment (movement) and therefore result in much higher charges by The Environment Agency to the pest controller.