Advice on SIC codes and your waste duty of care.
Your obligations under the duty of care are set out in the government’s code of practice:
There are new obligations to apply the waste hierarchy to your decisions on waste management when you transfer waste, and to declare on transfer notes that you have done so. Transfer notes will also have to include a Standard Industry Classification (SIC) code for your business sector.
Guidance on the waste hierarchy in England is available on gov.uk:
Guidance on the hierarchy in Wales is available from the Welsh Government:
Guidance on SIC codes is available from the Office for National Statistics:
Government’s statutory guidance on duty of care, the Code of Practice, is being updated to include recent changes in legislation and in best practice. You should look to this in the first instance. It applies in England and Wales.
Look out for a government consultation on the Code of Practice in 2014 and use the opportunity to comment on it. It is likely to be formatted in such a way that obligations are described for every role (producer, carrier, broker, waste manager, and similar) in a downloadable form.
Discuss your obligations under the duty of care with your waste contractor and/or local authority. They should be able to give you more specific information for your waste.
This is the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) code for your industry.
The system is identical to the EUROSTAT System NACE at the four-digit class level and the United Nations system ISIC at the two-digit Divisional level.
For further information visit the Office for National Statistics website:
You should use the SIC code for the industry sector producing the waste. For all non-hazardous wastes the 2007 SIC codes must be used on waste transfer notes. For example, non-hazardous waste from the manufacture of printing inks, varnishes etc 2030 or waste from the treatment of non-hazardous waste 3821 and so on.
For hazardous waste you should continue to use 2003 codes. You need to use the correct 2003 SIC code to register as a hazardous waste producer. However we have issued a position statement stating that we will not generally pursue breaches of the requirement to use SIC (2003) codes on hazardous waste consignment notes:
For more information visit the ONS website or contact their classification helpdesk on 01329 444970.
The requirement to include SIC codes in transfer notes for non-hazardous waste was a new requirement by the 2011 regulations. The 2007 codes are the most up to date versions.
However, consignment notes have required the use of 2003 SIC codes since 2005, and government considered that it would be too problematic for businesses to change this requirement at this time. Although if you can, you should continue to use SIC (2003) codes on consignment notes, we have issued a position statement stating that we will not generally pursue breaches of this requirement.
The United Kingdom Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities (SIC) is used to classify business establishments and other standard units by the type of economic activity in which they are engaged. It provides a framework for the collection, tabulation, presentation and analysis of data and its use promotes uniformity. In addition, it can be used for administrative purposes and by non-government bodies as a convenient way of classifying industrial activities into a common structure.
SIC information is therefore valuable to help make strategic planning decisions, for example on the need for waste infrastructure. It is also required for providing data to the European Commission.