B3.8.4 Scottish Waste Legislation

You do not need detailed knowledge of legislation for the exam.

Please note that due to the IEMA ending the course, this section is no longer being up-dated.


Waste legislation in Scotland is outlined below.

Animal By-Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003 SSI 411 

Sets out health rules for dealing with animal by-products not intended for human consumption and restricts what may be done with such products.

Animal By-Products (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2001 SI 171

This Order amends the Animal By-Products Order 1999 to prohibit the feeding to livestock of certain categories of catering waste, whether processed or unprocessed. It also removes the possibility of non-mammalian animal by-products being rendered for the production of swill for feeding to pigs or poultry.

Control of Pollution Act 1974 40 Part III

Sets out local councils’ duty to inspect and exercise powers concerning noise abatement zones, and the process for dealing with excess noise and noise from construction sites.

Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 c.14

Requires carriers of controlled waste to register with the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and outlines the penalties (including seizure and disposal) for vehicles shown to have been used for illegal waste disposal.

Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 SI 588

Defines household, industrial and commercial waste for waste management licensing purposes.

Controlled Waste (Amendment) Regulations 1993 SI 566

Amends 1992/588 in relation to scrap metal.

Controlled Waste (Fixed Penalty Notices) (Scotland) Order 2004 SSI 426

This Order prescribes the form of notices under section 33A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Notices under section 33A may be given by an authorised officer of a local authority; a constable, or an authorised officer of a waste regulation authority (SEPA) to a person who that authorised officer has reason to believe has committed an offence under section 33(1)(a) or (c) of that Act. The effect of giving the notice is that no proceedings shall be instituted for the offence before the expiration of fourteen days following the date of the notice, and that a person who pays the fixed penalty within that period shall not be convicted of the offence.