Providing a waste transport service, whether neutral or hazardous, is an extremely profitable business. This is especially true if the entrepreneur succeeds in obtaining a permit for transporting waste in wealthy European countries. Such countries include Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. However, the road to this can be quite long and winding. First of all, it is necessary to obtain the relevant permit. What do you need to bear in mind before starting the procedure? We discuss the most important issues in our guide.

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One waste transport permit is usually not enough

Unfortunately, this is the case - most European countries - including Poland - rely on their own waste transport regulations. As a result, hauliers wishing to provide such a service in different EU countries generally have to apply for separate decisions on waste transport to the relevant authorities. However, there are exceptions to this rule.

Switzerland, France, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Norway  honour waste transport permits issued in another Member State. Similarly, Slovakia, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia. This is done under EC regulations N 1013/2006 and EC N 1379/2007. In principle, any such permit will be accepted. Ideally, however, a company should obtain such a permit in the country in which it is registered.

Example: a shipping company obtained entry into the BDO database in Poland. Based on this document, it can legally provide this service in Norway, without the need to apply for a separate permit.


Environmentalism24 recommends that hauliers always have a certificate of registration of the company as a neutral waste haulier translated into the language of the country in which the service is to be provided.

There are no universal rules for issuing decisions on waste transport

This means that the procedure for applying for a permit can vary significantly from country to country. For this reason, simply completing the required documents can be tedious and time-consuming, with a high risk of mistakes.

This is one of the key reasons why it is sensible to use the intermediary service of an experienced company that specialises in obtaining waste transport permits in the various European countries. In this way, the entrepreneur saves a lot of time and is assured of operating with a complete permit. He will then be able to concentrate on running his business without any worries.

Different authorization periods in individual countries

Unfortunately, due to differences in national legislation, one cannot count on one permission to transport waste will be valid throughout the entire period of the company's operation. For example: in Poland registration is unlimited. In Italy or Romania, it is valid for 5 years. In Denmark, on the other hand, although - as in Poland - it is unlimited, every year you have to remember to pay a so-called annual fee.

Our company offers assistance in obtaining the necessary permit. We are well versed in European environmental regulations. We will remind you well in advance of the need to renew your waste transport decision, thus protecting you from the serious consequences of illegally providing services.