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Waste activities by sector

Waste activities by sector

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This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC Permits.

PPC permits for the chemical sector

If you make a product from waste by recovering a chemical substance in quantities of one tonne or more per calendar year, the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) Regulations may apply to you.

If your recovered chemical substance is not exempt, you will need to register it with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Complying with REACH

If you are unsure if your recovered substance is covered by REACH, contact the UK REACH competent authority helpdesk.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE): REACH helpdesk

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your business uses waste mobile plant.

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application forms

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your machinery, electrical and electronic equipment site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC Permits.

PPC permits for the waste and sewerage sectors

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

Waste management activities include metal recycling.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities.

Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your machinery or EEE business uses waste mobile plant.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance PPC Permits.

PPC permits for the metals production and processing sector

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

Waste management activities include:

  • recovering or recycling scrap metal
  • treating, storing and disposing of scrap metal.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your business uses waste mobile plant.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC Permits.

PPC Permits for paper and cardboard businesses

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Technical guidance

If you have a PPC permit you should read the technical guidance

Northern Ireland and Scotland

IPPC 6.01: Technical guidance for the pulp and paper sector (Adobe PDF - 1.12MB)

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC permits.

PPC permits for recycling and reprocessing businesses

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

Waste management activities include:

  • waste transfer stations, eg collection and bulking sites, and civic amenity sites
  • waste treatment plants, eg composting and anaerobic digestion
  • scrap metal sites.

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

To find out how to apply for a permit or licence see our guidance on environmental permits and waste management licensing.

How do you apply for a waste management licence

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities.

Waste mobile plant include mobile plant for:

  • treating waste soils, contaminated material, substances or products
  • landspreading
  • reclaiming, restoring or improving land
  • treating waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate.

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC permits.

PPC permits for road transport businesses

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste operation or waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste operations or waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC permits.

PPC permits for wood and timber businesses

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste operations or waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your wood and timber business uses waste mobile plant.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your fabricated metal site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on installations and mobile plant.

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity. Waste management activities include:

  • treating, storing or disposing of scrap metal
  • recovering or recycling scrap metal
  • storing or disposing of swarf.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your business uses waste mobile plant.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC permits.

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

Waste management activities include operating:

  • landfill sites for inert waste
  • waste transfer stations, eg collection points and civic amenity sites
  • waste treatment plants, eg composting and anaerobic digestion
  • scrap metal sites.

What you must do

If you carry out waste operations or waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

To find out how to apply for a permit or licence see our guidance on waste management licensing.

How do you apply for a waste management licence

The NIEA and SEPA have also prepared a generic toolkit available for all businesses in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

You can use the generic toolkit designed for each country to help you structure a management plan to control your business' environmental impacts.

For further information, see our guidance on toolkits to help you manage your environmental performance.

Northern Ireland environmental management toolkit

Scotland environmental management toolkit

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant at waste or sewage sites

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Waste mobile plant includes:

  • mobile plant treating waste soil and contaminated material
  • mobile crushers and screeners.

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

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