Standard Rules Permits for Waste Treatment: A Visual Route Map

A visual guide to understanding and selecting the correct permitting route for the treatment of wastes

The environmental permitting regime requires those undertaking specified waste recycling, treatment or disposal operations to hold an environmental permit. It provides operators with a framework for environmental permits, covering a wide range of activities that release emissions to land, air and water, or that involve waste. A key component is that it allows applicants that would otherwise require several permits for activities falling under various regulations on a single site to complete a single application, and to be issued with one permit.

The environmental permitting regime includes the treatment of waste materials, and with approximately 650 different European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes assigned to different materials arising from different sectors, the number of potential permit options and routes can seem complex and convoluted.

In this guide, WRM presents a visual route map to identifying the correct permit approach for your facility or waste operation. This guide is based upon the approach adopted by the Environment Agency in England and is correct at the date of publication in August 2020. It should be noted that devolved regions have separate regulatory powers, and whilst Natural Resources Wales, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency adopt a similar approach, each regulator should be consulted to identify differences in approach to that described in this visual guide.

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