Transport of waste on the territory of Poland. How to obtain a waste permit?

Waste management is a very difficult issue. Not all European countries are dealing with it adequately. Poland, unfortunately, is no exception. It has to deal with a number of problems, such as wild dumps and too much waste to process. There is therefore great business potential for companies wishing to provide waste transport services in Poland and abroad. It is worth remembering, however, that such activity is heavily regulated. So where do you start?

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Do you need a permit to transport waste?

Paper waste transport permits were abolished after 24 January 2018. They were replaced by registration in the Database on Products and Packaging and Waste Management. The establishment of the BDO register was intended to simplify the process of obtaining the relevant authorisations as much as possible. Entry is obtained by submitting an electronic application. Sometimes a registration fee will also have to be paid. This applies, among others, to companies marketing electrical and electronic equipment, batteries (or accumulators), vehicles, tyres, oils and packaged products. The obligation also extends to manufacturers, importers and intra-Community purchasers of packaging.

Obtaining a waste transport permit

In Poland, such a permit is dealt with in the Waste Act of 14 December 2012. This applies not only to the carriage of neutral waste, but also to hazardous waste.

Entry in the BDO database is approved by the Marshal of the Voivodship competent for the place of registration of the company. For foreign entities, this office is the Marshal's Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodship. The decisions issued are valid indefinitely, which means that they do not need to be renewed.


Providing a transport service on Polish territory without a waste permit is punishable by a financial penalty of between PLN 5,000 and PLN 10,000.

After obtaining entry in the BDO register The entrepreneur can already legally provide such a service. He must, of course, comply with certain regulations. If only with regard to the correct marking of vehicles. The rules for the correct transport of materials are set out in the Regulation of the Minister of the Environment of 7 October 2016 on detailed requirements for the transport of waste.


It is worth noting that in Poland, drivers carrying various loads are required to carry the related documents. This includes a waste permity and proof of a registration number, if required under the provisions of the Waste Act of 14 December 2012.

How should waste trucks be labelled?

It depends on whether the trader is providing a service transboundary waste shipmentswhether it is limited to transporting them on Polish territory. In the first case, the car must be marked with a white plate measuring 400 mm x 300 mm with the letter "A" in black with a minimum height of 200 mm and a minimum thickness of 20 mm.

If, on the other hand, the waste is to be transported within our national borders, a white board of 400 mm x 300 mm is required, bearing the word "WASTE" in black, each letter being a minimum of 100 mm high and the line width being a minimum of 15 mm.

Is obtaining an entry difficult?

Certainly yes, for a company that has never had to deal with this before. In this situation, we always recommend enlisting the help of the team Ekologistyka24. We specialise in obtaining the relevant permits for both national and international transport.

Outsourcing waste transport permits is a guarantee of an error-free application. It also means that the registration procedure is significantly shortened and there is no risk of a refusal. Entry into the BDO register and the granting of a registration number usually take around a month from the submission of the application. It is therefore worth taking care of this even before you start your transport activity.

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