B3.10.7 Waste Documentation


All transfers of waste must be accompanied by a legal document. This is Consignment Note (CN) for Hazardous Waste or a Waste Transfer Note (WTN) for all other waste.

The WTN must contain:

  • a description of the waste
  • any processes the waste has been through
  • how the waste is contained or packaged
  • the quantity of the waste
  • the place, date and time of transfer
  • the name and address of both parties
  • details of the permit, licence or exemption of the person receiving the waste
  • the appropriate European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code for your waste
  • the Standard Industry Code (SIC) of your business


The information on a Consignment Note is similar, as the purpose is the same. However, a CN also includes information on the hazardous properties of the waste.

All waste is now allocated a 6 digit Waste Code. The European Waste Catalogue has been transposed into English Law under the List of Wastes (England) Regulations 2005. The relevant waste code must appear on a WTN.

A WTN is required for EVERY load of waste. However, for repetitive transfers you may establish a Season Ticket, which is an annual WTN.

Season Tickets may be valid for up to 12 months. It must only be used when these repetitive transfers involve:

  • The same waste producing site.
  • The same carrier.
  • The same disposal site.
  • The same waste type.


Waste Transfer Notes must be signed by:

  • The Waste Producer.
  • The Waste Carrier.
  • The Waste Disposal Site.


It is a legal requirement that all WTNs are retained for at least two years. All Consignment Notes must be retained for at least 3 years.