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EA Amendments to Land Spreading & Storage Permits – Explained


If you hold a Standard Rules Land Spreading or Storage Permit listed below, you are likely to be affected by the amendments published by the Environmental Agency on the 6th January 2017. These changes will be relevant to operators storing non-hazardous waste or spreading waste materials on land. Those affected will include: waste management companies producing soil substitutes and recycled materials of agricultural or ecological benefit, land managers and farmers on whose land the waste is spread.

The updates apply to new applicants and will apply to existing permit holders from 6th April. To ensure our customers continue to comply with their permit, WRM have summarised the key changes below.


Land Spreading Permits: SR2010 No4, No5, No6

Increased land area allowance

SR 2010 No4 & No6 operators can now submit deployment applications for up to 100 hectares of land.  This only applies for single continuously managed areas of agricultural land, defined as:

“a single waste stream for a single crop on a single continuous parcel of land (field) of up to 100 hectares under the control of a single land occupier, who may be the landowner or tenant”

Storage of waste prior to spreading:

Restrictions for High Readily Available Nitrogen Waste

If the total nitrogen content available to the crop exceeds 30%, your material is considered as a ‘high readily available nitrogen waste’. Examples include poultry manure, sludge, slurries and anaerobic digestate. Under the updated rules, restrictions to high readily available nitrogen wastes apply, as follows.



 Soil Type

On grassland

On tillage land

Sandy or shallow soils

1 Sep to 31 Dec

1 Aug to 31 Dec

All other soils

15 Oct to 31 Jan

1 Oct to 31 Jan


Adverse Conditions

It is good practice to consider environmental conditions before spreading waste. For this reason, it is now a permit requirement that waste must not be spread to land if:

  1. The land has been frozen for ≥ 12 hours 12 hours in the preceding 24 hours, or
  2. The land is waterlogged, frozen or snow covered.


Notification of spreading

Waste Types


Waste Storage Permit: SR2010 No17

Waste Types



Due to the inclusion of more waste types, the permit considers different storage requirements for materials of different physical state as follows:


For further guidance on complying with your environmental permit or if you would like support with a new application, please contact Peter Upham (peter.upham@wrm-ltd.co.uk).


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