Defra update on Northern Ireland Protocol

16 JULY 2021

Until the Northern Ireland Protocol is in force, waste movements between GB and Northern Ireland in either direction can continue as though NI was part of the UK waste management system. Once in place, then movements of waste from NI to GB can continue as current eg transfer/consignment notes, but waste from GB to NI will be treated as though NI is still in the EU. Green list waste will be required to be moved under Article 18 controls and other wastes will be either prohibited (eg for disposal) or must be moved under notification.

Defra has just sent out the email below to update the position.

Email from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 16/7/21

Dear Stakeholder,

We have previously written to you regarding “The International Waste Shipments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021” which were laid in the UK Parliament on 17 December 2020, in relation to the Northern Ireland Protocol. 

These regulations need to be debated and approved by both Houses of Parliament before they can come in to force.

No dates have currently been set for the Parliamentary debates, meaning existing waste management arrangements continue to apply.

The UK government continues to consider its approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol requirements for transporting waste from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Our primary focus continues to be on ensuring businesses in Great Britain and Northern Ireland are supported.

More information on existing waste management requirements can be found here:

How to keep up to date

We will contact you as soon as possible with updated information. Further guidance will also be published here:

Kind regards,

Defra Waste Movements

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs