Waste Management FAQ's

Waste Management FAQ's
Waste Management Reporting Templates

1.1 - What is a waste management permit?
1.2 - What do I need, to obtain a waste management facility?
1.3 - How do I know if waste is classified as hazardous or non-hazardous?
1.4 - What should I do to dispose of a particular type of waste?
​1.5 - What do I need to carry hazardous waste to a permitted facility?

2.1 - What is a waste Carrier?
2.2 - What do I need to be a registered Waste Carrier?
2.3 - How do I renew the registration?
​2.4 - How can I deregister a vehicle?
​2.5 - I have sold the vehicle to a third party. Is the permit still valid?
2.6 - What are the types of categories of waste carriers currently being permitted?

These frequently asked questions are not legally binding and may be updated from time to time.​

1.0 - Queries related to Waste Management Permits:

1.1 - What is a waste management permit?

​​According to the Waste Regulations published by Legal Notice 184 of 2011 and as subsequently amended by the Waste (Amendment) regulations as published by Legal Notice 441 of 2011, any facility carrying out any waste management operations should be permitted by ERA. 

The scope of such permits is to make sure that certain environmental standards are maintained during the operations of these facilities. The permitted facilities are encouraged to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner. Facilities are also required to report the amount of waste that they treat on an annual basis. Only waste that are treated at authorized facilities may be deemed to comply with the environmental laws and may qualify for eco-tax reimbursement.

Further information may be obtained by sending an email on: env.permitting@era.org.mt or on 22923500.

1.2 - What do I need, to obtain a waste management facility? 

Clearance in writing from the Planning Directorate is requested confirming that the activity being applied for can take place at the selected premises prior to submitting the Environmental Permit Application form. This clearance needs to be returned to our office together with a completed Application Form.

Further information may be obtained by sending an email on: env.permitting@era.org.mt.

1.3 - How do I know if waste is classified as hazardous or non-hazardous?

Waste can either be hazardous or non-hazardous, and depending on its nature it is assigned a six digit European Waste Catalogue code (Commission Decision 200/532/EC) .

To identify whether the waste is hazardous or non-hazardous, one needs to check whether the waste displays any one or more of the hazardous properties listed in schedule 3 of LN 184 of 2001. Checking the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) of the product can help you asses whether there are any hazardous substances within by comparing the “H codes”. 

1.4 - What should I do to dispose of a particular type of waste? 

The full list of sites which are permitted to accept different waste streams can be found on the ERA website [Click Here].

In the event that there are no permitted facilities to accept a particular type of waste, you are requested to commission the services of a ERA registered waste broker to export directly the above mentioned waste from site of generation. For a full list of waste brokers [Click Here​].

1.5 - What do I need to carry hazardous waste to a permitted facility?

In view that the waste is hazardous, movements must also be accompanied by consignment permits (valid for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months) and consignment notes issued by ERA.

2.0 - Queries related to Waste Carriers:

2.1 - What is a Waste Carrier?

A waste carrier represents any vehicle or sea vessel which is used to transport waste material from on place to another. The waste carrier registration system targets vehicles which carry any form of waste originating from commercial activities from the site of production to its disposal location or area of storage. Householders carrying their own waste to authorised waste collection/disposal points are exempt from this registration.

For a full list of registered waste carriers [Click Here

Further information may be obtained by sending an email on waste.carriers@era.org.mt or on 2292 3500.

2.2 - What do I need to be a registered Waste Carrier?

To apply for an application, one needs to submit the following: 

  • A completed Application Form: available from ERA website [Click Here​]​;
  • The above application form needs to be compiled, signed and returned to our office together with the following documents:
           i. Three (3) photos of the vehicle (front, side and back);
           ii. Copy of log book;
          iii. Copy of license disk;

​If the waste carrier intends to carry hazardous waste than a certificate from a warranted engineer is to be submitted with the application.

It is important that the applicant indicates clearly what type of waste he intends to carry.

2.3 - How do I renew the registration?

A completed renewal form and a copy of the valid vehicle licence needs to be submitted to ERA. You must ensure that the contact details are still valid.

ERA sends renewal forms for permits which are still valid a month in advance. For a copy of the renewal form [Click Here​]. 

2.4 - How can I deregister a vehicle?

The applicant is to inform ERA by official correspondence that the permit is no longer required.

2.5 - I have sold the vehicle to a third party. Is the permit still valid?

The permit is not valid if the vehicle is sold and the new owner needs to reapply.

2.6 - What are the types of categories of waste carriers currently being permitted?

For a more detailed explanation of the different classes please refer to Activity 38 of Legal Notice 106 of 2007.

​​Class A1 Construction and Demolition waste​
​Class A2 ​Road Services and furniture - (Bulky Refuse, Road Cleaning and Beach Cleaning)
​​Class A3 ​Restaurants (Canteen wastes) and Municipal Waste - RCV's
​​Class A4 ​Separated waste (including Non-Hazardous Packaging Waste)
​​Class A5 ​Other Class A waste
​Class B ​Vessels used for the transport of waste at sea. This includes vessels exclusively used for carriage of waste such as dredging barges. It does not include vessels which carry general goods, waste in containers or vehicles
​Class C1 ​Sharps/Hospital/Pharmaceutical Waste​
​Class C2 ​Other Class C waste except C1 and Animal By-Product Waste
​Class D1 ​Liquid Waste
​Class D2 ​WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)including White Goods
​Class D3 ​Other Hazardous Waste