permits for waste transport

Ewelina Nadolna

Permits department


+48 881 045 376

Justyna Blazewicz-Seredyn

Permits department


+48 500 867 153

Pawel Makowski

Head of the International Department

(EN, EN)

+48 517 862 602

The amount of waste, produced in businesses and households, is increasing year on year. Some of it can cause a real threat to human health and life. What is more, waste has a negative impact on the environment. For this reason, it is worth ensuring that it is regularly removed and then disposed of. However, you must not do this yourself - the transport is carried out by specialised companies with the appropriate authorisations.

Legal regulations regarding waste transport

Currently, any company involved in the transportation of waste must have the relevant permit to carry out this activity. Waste handling is regulated:

  • fragments of the Waste Act (as amended) of December 14, 2012,
  • Regulation of the Minister of the Environment of October 7, 2016 on detailed requirements for waste transport

From January 24, 2018, with the launch of the Register of entities introducing products in packaging and managing waste (BDO), consent to transport waste is issued by the Marshal's Office. It is granted upon entry of the entrepreneur into the BDO register and assignment of a registration number. Performing services related to the transport of waste without obtaining the required permits will result in a fine depending on the waste being transported. In extreme cases, it can even reach tens of thousands of zlotys.

Who can obtain a waste transport permit?

The business of professional waste transport can be carried out either by a private entrepreneur or by any municipal organisational unit designated by the authorities. The service provider must show a document indicating the specific type of waste transported and should have the data of the client. These are contained on the KPO card, which is issued in electronic form. The driver should be able to display it on a mobile device, laptop or any other equipment with a screen that ensures the readability of the document. It is also possible to print it out and present it in this form.

It is necessary to ensure that the entire waste management procedure complies with environmental protection regulations and does not pose a threat to human life and health. The collected waste is sent to storage, disposal or recycling. Their specific recipient is indicated by the authority ordering waste transport. There are no contraindications to extending the business of waste transportation to include the service of material processing - recovery or disposal.

What vehicles can be used to transport waste?

The legislator has also regulated the requirements, concerning the vehicles used to transport waste. First and foremost, according to the Regulation of the Minister of the Environment of 7 October 2016, they must be appropriately labelled and waste should be properly secured. The regulations also talk about where and how waste should be stored - it should be reliably sorted and then placed in dedicated containers.

The procedure for obtaining the required permit for waste transport is complicated. Let us help your company go through the entire process quickly and effectively! We will take care of all formalities, and you will be kept informed about work progress. We obtain permits for the transport of waste not only in Poland, but also in all European Union countries.

Transport of hazardous waste

The Polish authorities, as in the case of many other countries, must constantly face the dangers caused by improper management of hazardous waste. The name itself suggests - these are materials harmful to the natural environment and even to human health and life. That is why it is so important to store and dispose of them properly. Unfortunately, due to their characteristics, they cause many difficulties both in storage and subsequent transport, in which case an appropriate permit is required. Therefore, the regulations regarding the transport of hazardous waste are very strict and difficult to comply with. Companies engaged in this type of activity must remember to exercise particular caution and maximum attention to safety. Any failure in this respect, even a minor one, has serious consequences. The mere preparation of vehicles for the proper transport of waste involves significant costs. The point is to ensure that the transported materials do not pose a threat during transport. In order to ensure safety during transport, waste absolutely must not come into contact with people, animals, soil, surface and groundwater.

Hazardous waste includes all useless materials that may pose even the slightest threat to the safety of the natural environment. This applies not only to substances, but also to goods transported in bulk or in pieces. Examples include: paints, adhesives, solvents, fertilizers, and acid-containing substances. Recycling and disposal of hazardous waste also require special care.

Legal regulations regarding the transport of hazardous waste

In accordance with applicable regulations, hazardous waste must be transported in accordance with specific procedures. The documents regulating the process of transporting hazardous materials throughout Europe are ADR, i.e. the European agreement covering the transport of hazardous goods, and the Basel Convention, which describes the issues of cross-border movement and disposal of hazardous waste.

Poland has been complying with the regulations of the ADR Convention for many years - it joined the agreement in 1975, and ratified the Basel Convention in 1996. In order to adapt to current realities, the legislator regularly changes the regulations and updates the content of the document (every two years). Therefore, every company operating in our country and dealing with the transport of hazardous materials is obliged to comply with the regulations and safety rules contained in ADR, which require, among others: waste transport permits.

What are the penalties for illegal transport of hazardous waste?

If hazardous waste is transported, e.g. for recycling purposes, in a manner inconsistent with the provisions of national law or the ADR convention, a fine ranging from PLN 200 to PLN 10,000 may be incurred. This is due to their negative impact on the environment, which is why strict regulations have been introduced, including: special conditions of their transport. Due to the basic chemical composition of the pollutants, which contain many compounds dangerous to the environment and people, it is also necessary to adapt to the regulations regarding meeting the requirements specified in the Waste Disposal Regulation. If they are not met, financial penalties should be taken into account, regardless of whether the entity committing the offense is an enterprise, an institution, or an organizational unit without legal personality.

Want to avoid this? Order a waste transport permit today.

It is worth emphasizing that each party involved in the transport of hazardous waste - the sender, recipient or carrier - is exposed to sanctions.

Due to the fact that the guidelines are constantly changing and many of them are not fully understandable, it is recommended to use the services of a professional company that obtains permits for the transport of hazardous waste. This will avoid penalties for incorrect transport of hazardous waste resulting solely from lack of knowledge of current regulations. We successfully help service providers who want to conduct this type of business not only in Poland, but also in various European countries. For many years, we have been helping not only in obtaining permits for the transport of hazardous waste, but also provide consulting services, providing year-round substantive support.

We have extensive experience in the industry and are well versed in current disposal regulations. Our equipment includes all the necessary tools, machinery and vehicles that are required by permit and authorisation for the generation of hazardous waste and its transport. This enables us to provide a service that is adapted to current legal conditions, which is at the same time efficient, professional and environmentally friendly. As part of our cooperation, in addition to the transport permit we also obtain a waste collection, treatment and storage permit.

Where to get waste transport permits?

It is illegal to provide haulage services without having the required waste permit. The sanctions stipulated are very high, and with your ignorance you can cause great danger to the environment. Sometimes even to the health and life of people. A correctly completed application for a transport permit contains information on, among other things, the characteristics of the vehicles owned. These must not only comply with the regulations for the transport of waste, including hazardous waste, but also with road traffic law.

If a company carries out in-house transport - on the premises of a specific company - it is not required to have a waste permit. The same is true for individuals and organisational units without the status of entrepreneur but transporting waste for their own use.

If you want to avoid the many serious consequences of operating in contravention of the law by transporting waste correctly - it is worth going to a professional company. We guarantee that, with our help, waste permits are prepared in a manner that complies with current legislation. We are familiar with the conditions in every European country.

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Recycling in Germany

The international transport of waste (e.g. for recycling) involves complying with the laws of the destination country. Germany requires a registration application for both hazardous and neutral waste transports. As specialists in international transport law, we will help you obtain a permit to transport waste within this country.

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